Robbie Arver rejoins Cobras for 2021-22

The Butte Cobras coaching staff is pleased to welcome back Robbie Arver. The Spokane native has committed to play in 2021-22.

Arver first joined the Cobras for the 2018-19 season scoring six goals and 13 points in 46 games. Last season the 6’4 forward played just eight games until early November.

“We are very happy to get Robby back to Butte,” said coach Kirk Golden. “He has a huge presence on the ice and creates space for his teammates. Robby is a high character type of guy and will help lead our team this upcoming season.”

Nick Castellano joins Cobras coaching staff

Butte Cobras are pleased to welcome former Cobras player Nick Castellano as assistant coach. Castellano arrives in Butte after one season as an assistant with the Bozeman Icedogs.

“Nick is a great addition to our Butte Cobras staff,” commented Golden. “His experience in Butte as a player will help him relate to our guys now as a coach.”

A four-year varsity player at Austin (MN) High School, Castellano began his Junior career with the Steele County Blades in 2014-15. The following season was spent in a Cobras uniform before four years playing ACHA hockey at the University of Mississippi.

“Nick knows the landscape of the NA3HL as he was an assistant in the Frontier Division last season with the Bozeman Icedogs. He has recently gone through the Junior A to college hockey process and will be valuable in helping guide our student athletes.”

JD McDougal inks with Cobras

The Butte Cobras welcomed another skater to the family for 2021-22 today with the signing of JD McDougal.

At 6’3″ McDougal brings plenty of size to the forward position. A 2021 graduate of Centaurus High School in Lafayette, Colorado McDougal joins his prep teammate Ross Biggerstaff who signed earlier this spring. He scored three goals and six points in 21 games played with the Warriors this past season.

“JD is a big body that brings a lot of energy,” said head coach Kirk Golden. “He creates opportunity in the offensive zone, and is hard to play against in the D-zone.”

For more information on playing for the Butte Cobras this season fill out our player interest form.

Cobras add second Osseo skater with Ellingson

Butte Cobras have signed a second player from Osseo, Minnesota to a tender for next season. Welcome to Daniel Ellingson.

Ellingson joins his high school teammate Carson Streich who also will be in Butte this fall.

“Daniel is a very skilled forward,” said coach Kirk Golden. “He has a great work ethic along with his great attitude.”

A 2003-born forward, Ellingson had a breakout season – his third on the varsity squad – scoring 13 goals while adding 14 assists in 19 games.

The 6’0 had an exceptional fall as well, posting eight points in 17 games while playing with the Minnesota Muskies 18U in the Minnesota Hockey High Performance League. Ellingson then played with Osseo High in the Bridge League adding 10 goals and 11 assists in nine games.

Golden is excited to add the scorer saying, “Daniel’s abilities allow him to create space and time which lead to scoring chances for him and his linemates.”

Osseo blueliner Streich signs with Butte

Butte Cobras are pleased to announce the tender signing of Carson Streich of Osseo, Minnesota.

The 2003-born Streich played three seasons of varsity hockey at Osseo High School. In 70 games the defenseman scored six goals and 29 points for the Orioles.

In his senior season of 2021, Streich posted 13 assists in 19 MSHSL games. That followed a fall bridge season where he scored eight goals and six assists in 11 games.

This is the second tender signing for new head coach Kirk Golden who commented on his newest d-man, “Carson is a very smooth skater with a great set of skills. His smarts and positioning in the defensive zone make him hard to get around while his vision makes him a threat on the offensive side. He will be a huge asset to our defensive core.”

Streich, who will graduate from Osseo High in June, is already looking forward to net season, saying “I’m excited to take this next step, and develop new skills with Kirk!”

Cobras ink Biggerstaff to tender

With the NA3HL season coming to a conclusion this weekend new head coach Kirk Golden has already signed his first player to a tender for the 2021-22 season in Ross Biggerstaff.

Photo via Timothy Hurst/bocopreps.com

An 18-year old hailing from Broomfield, Colorado, Biggerstaff was a captain of the Centaurus High School team in 2021 – its first as a varsity program.  The defenseman played in 22 games during the abbreviated 2020-21 season scoring four goals while adding four assists.

Golden is excited to kick off the recruiting season, announcing his first tender signee.

“Ross is a fast skating, hard working player with great vision,” commented Golden.

Stay tuned here for more Butte Cobras news and updates this spring/summer.

Kirk Golden named new Cobras coach/GM

Butte Cobras of the North American 3 Hockey League are pleased to announce the signing of Kirk Golden as new head coach and general manager. Golden will begin working towards the 2021-22 season next month.

The 36-year old comes to the Cobras with plenty of experience – both on the bench and on the ice. Golden has been with the Great Falls Americans as an assistant this season. The Americans are about to begin the NA3HL Frontier Division playoffs.

Prior to his role in Great Falls Golden led the Aspen Leafs U19 Girls program to Colorado state titles in both 2019 and 2020. He also spent one season (2016-17) as an assistant for the Aspen High School boys team.

“I look forward to the opportunity with the Butte Cobras,” said Golden. “I aim to bring in a culture built on hard work, respect, and a love for the game. I will instill good habits until they become second nature. These qualities go far beyond hockey and are applicable throughout everyday life. We are not only aiming to be good hockey players, but good people as well.”

As a player Golden played at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, one of the top prep schools in North America, before spending two seasons in the North American Hockey League. From there the versatile skater played collegiate hockey at Hobart College (NCAA Division III) from 2005-09.

Golden began his professional career in Germany the following season and made stops in France, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden.

His final season of pro hockey came in 2015-16 with the South China Sharks of the China Ice Hockey League. Golden was second among CIHL leading scorers with 27 goals and 37 assists in 18 games.

That season playing in China is also where Golden began coaching with the Hong Kong Selects youth program.

Taking over a Cobras team that finished 8-28-3-1 might intimidate some, but Golden has high expectations for the future.

“I expect us to be a tough team to beat. We have some good players coming back and with the new players that I will bring in, our goal is playoffs. We are going to put in the work, the results will follow.”

Cobras wrap up season with OT winner

It might not have been the best season in Butte Cobras history, but it was exciting. The Cobras wrapped up their year with a thrilling come-from-behind 5-4 overtime win on Saturday against the Helena Bighorns.

With recent restrictions lowered the season finale saw a good sized crowd at Butte Community Ice Center. Fans were treated to free admission courtesy of Pioneer Concrete & Fuel.

Helena scored first, but Luke Schleusner tied the game for Butte at the 13:14 mark of the opening period. The Bighorns would answer and take a 2-1 lead to intermission.

In the second period Helena would take command, scoring twice on 24 shots. The Bighorns also held Butte to just 13 shots taking a 4-1 lead into the final frame.

Coard makes the save with no stick

The deficit could have been much greater if not for the efforts of goaltender Skyler Coard who made some incredible saves. He would finish the game with 61 saves.

The stage was now set for a classic sports moment. Pavel Gerasimenko made it 4-2 early in the third before Zane Cluphf got the Cobras within a goal at the 10:09 mark.

With the minutes ticking away it was veteran Randy Yeakley who tied the game with just 2:18 to go in regulation.

Both teams had opportunity in the overtime, but it was Nick Bradshaw  and Robin Bagley who finished off the comeback.