Steve Kruk is entering his first season as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Gillette Wild.
Prior to that, he spent the last season as an Associate Coach with the Metro Jets.
Kruk has also been a Varsity High School Head Coach for the last three seasons with the Birmingham
Unified Kings in Birmingham, Michigan. This past season was one of the best in the program’s history,
with a regular season record of 19-3-2.
In addition to high school hockey, Kruk was also a Co-Head Coach with the Oakland Junior Grizzlies
16U Tier II team, and won back to back national championships in Wayne, New Jersey as well as Plano,
His playing background includes four years of Junior hockey with the Motor City Chiefs, Wallaceburg
Lakers, Sarnia Blast, Leamington Flyers, and Chatham Maroons. In his final season in Leamington, he
was named captain of the team, a rarity for an American born player.
Following Junior hockey, he attended main camp and played in exhibition games with the 1000 Island
Privateers of the Federal Hockey League (minor professional), but left due to family reasons.
He will be moving to Gillette with his wife Jessica, daughter Hailey, and sons Aiden and Grayson.
Taylor Shaw comes to Gillette, Wyoming as the new Assistant Coach of the Gillette Wild. Before arriving in Gillette, Taylor spent the last three seasons as an Assistant Varsity coach with Proctor Boys High School Hockey Team in Proctor, Minnesota. He has also served as the Head JV coach the last two seasons as well as the Goalie Coach since arriving in 2015. In addition, Taylor is an Assistant Coach for Team Northwest AAA hockey coaching both the high school prep team and bantam teams as well as the Goalie Clinic Coordinator for the Proctor, Twig and Mirage Youth Hockey Association.
A native of Sartell Minnesota, Taylor was a goaltender for the Sartell High School Hockey Team from 2009-2012. During his tenure, he earned honors as a conference player of the week as well as “Most Improved Player.” Upon graduation, he moved on to attend the University of Minnesota – Duluth to further his education. He graduated in 2016 with a Minnesota Teaching License in Grades 5-12 Social Studies and earned a minor in Coaching as well. Following graduation, Taylor was hired as an economics teacher at Minnesota Connections Academy where he has been teaching since 2016. He is also currently attending Michigan State University’s Graduate Program while pursuing a Masters of Art in Education with concentrations in Sports Coaching and Leadership as well as Literacy Education.
Having started his coaching career while still attending Sartell High School, he spent time volunteering with the Sartell Youth Hockey Association during monthly goalie clinics. In 2014, Taylor served as a Bantam Coach for the Duluth East Youth Hockey Association of Duluth, Minnesota. Taylor then went on the be a volunteer Assistant Coach and Goalie Coach for the Proctor Boy’s High School Hockey team during the 2015-2016 season. During this time, he developed and implemented a bi-weekly goalie clinic for the Proctor, Twig and Mirage Youth Hockey Association. Following the 2015-2016, he was then moved into a full time position as the Assistant Varsity and Head Junior Varsity Coach of which he has currently held the past two seasons.