E. C. "Chuck" Anselmo, III - Owner >
E. C. "Chuck" Anselmo, Jr. - Owner >
Chuck Anselmo was born in Port Arthur, Tx. He is the son of the late Earnest Charles Anselmo, Sr. and the late Violet Young Anselmo Parks. He has a daughter Angelique in Lumberton, Tx, a son Alberto in Beaumont, TX and Chuck III here in Lafayette. He is married to Cynthia Comeaux Anselmo and they reside in Carencro, LA.
At the age of 7 after his parents divorced he moved to Michigan with his mother where he lived for the next 11 years. He often visited his father in Port Arthur where he became really interested in his Italian Heritage. His grandfather Vincenzo Anselmo immigrated from Caccomo, Sicily and his grandmother, Angelina Buttera came from Bisequina. That interest has followed him his entire life.
After he received an honorable discharge from the United States Army he returned to Port Arthur, Tx where he worked various jobs and began to work with volunteer organizations. During that time he was in the Lions Club and worked with the March of Dimes. In 1967 he moved to Opelousas, La where he started a moving company known as Bekins. He also stayed active in community affairs. He joined the Jaycees and was named outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1968. He served on the Jaycees Board of Directors and as Vice President. He received the Jaycees Spark Plug Award in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975. He received the Spoke Award in 1973. Also in 1973 he became a member of the Bona Fidum Club in Opelousas. His involvement with this Italian organization started his commitment to the Italian-American community. He served as president for two terms in 1975 and 1976. He was awarded Man of the Year by the National Federation of Men’s Club in 1975. He served as the Young Mens Club liason Officer to the Italian organizations in Louisiana in 1975. It was at this time that his meeting with Joseph Maselli, Salvatore Panzecca and Tony Notto resulted in forming the American Italian Federation of Louisiana this enabled all of the Italian organizations in Louisiana to be under one umbrella. Chuck was elected Vice President in the first convention of this federation in 1979 and kept that title for the next 10 years. Since then this organization has grown and changed its name to the American Italian Federation of the Southeast United States. It consists of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida. He served as president in 1993 then reelected in 1995 and again in 2004 to 2011. He is now serving as Chairman of the Board. He also helped in establishing the Italian American Renaissance Foundation. This organization maintains a museum and Sports Hall of Fame in New Orleans dedicated to the accomplishments of Italians. In addition to acquiring and remodeling the museum itself, the foundation is also responsible in developing the Plaza d’Italia outside the museum. This plaza has a large fountain with a model of Italy superimposed in the middle. It was donated to the City of New Orleans after its completion. Mr. Anselmo served as First Vice President of the foundation from 1986 to 1988. This organization also publishes an Italian American newspaper and has a library with extensive material on Italy, Italian-Americans and Italian immigration.
He has been honored by the State of Louisiana by being named an Honorary Ambassador of the Italian Community and serves on the Advisory Commission. He was awarded the Centurion Award by the Sertoma Club of Opelousas for 1977-1978.
For all his efforts on behalf of Italians in the United States, The Republic of Italy honored Mr. Anselmo in 1978 with the rank of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella Della solidariate’ Italiana. When he was knighted the Italian government singled out his fund raising efforts to restore the Municipo (City Hall) of the town of Vinzone in Province of Udine which was severly damaged during an earthquake. He also received the Antonio R. Rizzuto Award from the Unico National. Their motto is “service above self”.
Mr. Anselmo moved his business to Lafayette from Opelousas and became a Mayflower Transit Agent. When United Van Lines bought Mayflower he then became an Agent for United also. He ran a successful business until the time he sold it in 2005. During these years he donated his trucks for various causes some of which were Thanksgiving Dinner on the Mayflower where a radio station would serve a lucky winner their Thanksgiving Dinner inside the trailer which was decorated with new furniture donated to the winner. He also was a big supporter for the Food for Families Drive where his trucks were used to transfer the donated food to the food bank for storage. In 1980 he also opened a Portable Building Business that is still in existence. His son Chuck III bought him out in 1999. In 1998 he started a Record Storage Business that he later sold in 2008 but is still in existence and doing well. When he sold his last business he and his wife, Cyndie traveled some but he became very bored. That’s when he bought himself a job “ The Louisiana Icegators”.
Kevin Kaminski - Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations >
Kevin Kaminski took over the Louisiana IceGators on December 27, 2010. He was able to turn the team around with a relentless, hard working and a greasy, gritty style of play.
Kaminski is a native of
Kaminski, nicknamed "Killer", played 11 professional seasons. He left one of his biggest impressions with the Portland Pirates, of the American Hockey League, who were the primary affiliate of the Capitals. Between 1993-1998, Killer played in 113 games with As a player, Kaminski dressed in 139 career games with Kaminski’s first head coaching job would be for two seasons with the Long Beach Icedogs of the West and East Coast Hockey League. From Coach Kaminski has three beautiful daughters Alexia, Mckenna and Katarina and he resides in the
It was with the Capitals where Killer saw his most memorable times in the NHL. He became a fan favorite, in the Nations capital, after dressing in 132 games over four seasons. He eclipsed the 100 minute mark in three of his four years missing this mark only during the 1993-94 season when he amassed 87 minutes in just 13 games along with 5 assists. With the Caps he also played in 8 Stanley Cup games. For Kaminski's career he scored (111-159 = 270) points and 2869 penalty minutes in 386 games.
Kaminski, now 42, retired as a player due to concussions in 1999 and jumped into the coaching ranks shortly there after. His coaching roots were planted during the 2000-2002 season when he served as the assistant coach for the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the AHL. It was there that he coached under Mike Babcock and helped the Ducks qualify for the playoffs both seasons finishing with a combined 74-59-20-7 record. With the Ducks, Kaminski coached current NHL players J.S. Giguere (
Kaminski, nicknamed "Killer", played 11 professional seasons. He left one of his biggest impressions with the Portland Pirates, of the American Hockey League, who were the primary affiliate of the Capitals. Between 1993-1998, Killer played in 113 games with
As a player, Kaminski dressed in 139 career games with
Kaminski’s first head coaching job would be for two seasons with the Long Beach Icedogs of the West and East Coast Hockey League. From
Coach Kaminski has three beautiful daughters Alexia, Mckenna and Katarina and he resides in the
Louis Dumont - General Manager >
Hayley Dumont - Director of Public Relations/Marketing >
Matt Modica - Director of Ticketing >
Matt was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended high school at Brother Martin High in New Orleans, and shortly after moved to Lafayette to attend college at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Matt graduated from UL Lafayette in May 2012 with a degree in Public Relations and is now looking forward to helping the IceGators with the upcoming season. This is Matt's second season with the IceGators, but he has been a sports fan his entire life and is excited to pursue a career in sports.
Megan Riley - Account Manager >
Megan was born and raised in O’Fallon, Illinois, where she attended O’Fallon Township High School. After high school, she received a soccer scholarship from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she played four seasons with UL women’s soccer team. After her four seasons of playing for the soccer team, she became the student assistant coach for the UL women’s team until she graduated in December 2012 with a degree in Business Administration. Megan has always loved being around sports and is very excited to be a part of the IceGators and their continuing success.
Nick Darbonne - Account Manager >
Nicholas Darbonne was born and raised in
Cole Libby - Head Athletic Trainer >
Cole was born and raised in Scarbourough, Maine. He attended Weber State University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training. Cole planned on pursuing a Master’s degree and obtain his CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certificate). He grew up playing hockey his entire life and also played division 1 club hockey while at Weber. After graduation Cole got a chance to intern with the Utah Grizzlies for two seasons. Cole is excited to live in a new town and looks forward to a great season with the IceGators.
Peter Lurges - Equipment Manager >
Peter was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he attended Portage Northern high school. Peter then attended college at Kalamazoo Valley for two years where he graduated with a minor in Criminal Justice. After two years of working Peter decided he wanted to pursue a career in hockey and started working for the Kalamazoo Kwings as an assistant equipment manager for two years. Peter comes to the IceGators as head equipment manager this year and looks forward to bringing a championship to Lafayette.