Klage Kaebel – Hockey Director / Mite Elite Blue Head Coach / Rec League Coordinator
Klage has a lifetime of hockey experience and wealth of hockey knowledge. Born and raised in Pekin, IL, with 2 brothers, Butch (12 yr pro) & Karson (8 yr pro). Klage played youth hockey at the AA level and won an Illinois State Championship and National Runner-Ups.
Klage has always enjoyed seeing kids develop as hockey players and has a passion to see players achieve excellence.Growing up under the philosophy instilled by his father that hard work & discipline can take you far in life, Klage went on to play Jr. A in the USHL at the young age of 16. Klage played 4 years of Junior hockey and was the leading scorer of his team and a USHL allstar his final year of juniors.
After that he gained a full hockey scholarship to the University of Alaska Anchorage (WCHA) where he played – prior to playing 6 seasons of pro hockey. Klage enjoyed playing 4 seasons in Tulsa and was the fan favorite in the 2002-03 season. After many years of playing at the junior, college, and pro level, Klage is excited to bring his ability to the youth hockey players in Tulsa. Much of the philosophy and training that Klage instills in his players today is due to his being taught by Jack Blatherwick for 5 years. Jack is one of the premier trainers in the world and currently works with the Washington Capitals in the NHL.
After retiring Klage stayed in Tulsa and has worked with Tulsa youth hockey players for the past 12 years. Klage is looking forward to training Tulsa hockey players to be future Junior, College, and Pro stars.
Klage resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife Brooke and their three sons Jaxson, Jett, and Jase.
1992-93: Omaha USHL
1993-94: Omaha USHL
1994-95: Detroit Freeze NAJHL
1995-96: Des Moines Bucaneers USHL
1996-97: University of Alaska Anchorage WCHA
1997-98: University of Alasks Anchorage WCHA
1998-99: University of Alaska Anchorage WCHA
1999-00: University of Alaska Anchorage WCHA
2000-01: Monroe Moccasins WPHL
2001-02: Tulsa Oilers CHL
2002-03: Tulsa Oilers CHL
2003-04: Jacksonville Barracudas WHA2
2004-05: Tulsa Oilers CHL
2005-06: Tulsa Oilers CHL
Derek Toninato – Hockey Director / Squirt AA Head Coach
With hockey in the family tree, Derek is a 3rd generation pro hockey player with a plethora of experience and understanding in the world of hockey. Born in Green Bay, WI, Derek resided 3 blocks from the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field, Home of the Green Bay Packers. Derek practiced and played hockey constantly as a youth; on ice/off ice, outdoor/indoor.
At 17, Derek left home to pursue his hockey career and passion for the game, and moved to Sault Ste. Marie, MI where he captained and led the team in scoring for the Midget AAA Soo Indians.
From there he went on to Jr A in the USHL playing for the Green Bay Gamblers in their inaugural season, and then to the Omaha Lancers the following year. Derek played 4 years for the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, National Runner up in 1998, and graduated with a BS in Business Administration. He played 4 years in professional hockey, were he met dear friends and traveled most of the country playing the game.
Derek and Klage both played for the WHPL’s Monroe Moccasins, and remained teammates the following 3 years; winning the WHA2 championship together in Jacksonville, FL. Derek coached 3 youth teams in 2004-05 with Klage’s brother, Karson Kaebel of the Dallas Ice Jets, where his teams won President’s Day tournament championships and a Silver Stick regional championship. Derek as trained and coached kids all throughout his playing career, and for the last 12 years in Tulsa.
Derek has played with or against elite hockey players most of his career, ranging from NHL to Jr A level players, and has a passion for developing youth to have that same opportunity. Derek has been married to Grace since 2003 and they have 2 children, Booker and Liv. They consistently attend and serve at their church.
1993-94: Sault Ste. Marie Indians Midget AAA
1994-95: Green Bay Gamblers USHL Jr A
1995-96: Omaha Lancers USHL Jr A
1996-97: University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
1997-98: University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
1998-99: University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
1999-00: University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
2000: Madison Kodiaks Pro: UHL (playoffs, after collegian career ended)
2000-01: Kalamazoo Wings UHL/Monroe Moccasins WPHL
2001-02: Tulsa Oilers CHL
2002-03 Tulsa Oilers CHL
2003-04: Jacksonville Barracudas WHA2
Kevin Tromp -Peewee A1 Head Coach
Rangers fan. Kevin started playing hockey first through roller hockey and then touched the ice at age 9 and never looked back. He played for some of the best competitive teams to ever come through Oklahoma. One Midget AA Team competed at national stages and went 63-8 in one season. From roller to ice hockey, if there was a game or practice going on then he was there. Being from Tulsa, although a great talent pool was developed during his youth, the teams he played on were forced to travel frequently. “Many people growing up in Tulsa knew that if we wanted to play against the best and if we had a desire to improve, we had to travel to the best until word got out that Tulsa was the real deal”, says Kevin.
Kevin led his high-school, the Union Redskins, to three State Championships, several competitive teams to League Championships, and received recognition through the USA National Development Program. Kevin was recruited to play Junior A hockey in Syracuse, New York and was there briefly before returning home to play for the new junior franchise, the Tulsa Rampage. Kevin stated, “I knew my heart was in Tulsa and to continue to change the hockey culture was so far embedded in me that I had to return – my life was in Tulsa and unfinished work was prevalent.” He was one of two people from the city of Tulsa to play on the Tulsa Rampage. After two successful seasons in Juniors, being a captain on both teams, and being a leading scorer – he decided to end his hockey journey (temporarily) and become a professional in the business arena.
The 2012-2013 season was his first to officially coach youth hockey and it was a successful stint. Kevin said “I think I had more fun than anyone, it was truly an honor and I am so thankful to be able to pour into these kid – the opportunity to return to the game is truly a blessing.” A passion to serve, to develop, and to refine is certainly engraved in who he is and the organization shares the same beliefs. “I didn’t have near the development opportunity these kids have, I didn’t have the people involved now, I didn’t have any hockey guidance…that fuels me to provide all of that to these kids.”
Justin Giles – Pee Wee Prep Head Coach
Kevin Nelson – Bantam Head Coach
Craig Hamelin – Mite Powerskating Coach