May 24, 2022

Midwest Jr. Blackbird Hockey

United States Premier Hockey League

Midwest Jr. Blackbird Staff


Team Owner: Eileen Butcher

Contact: [email protected]


General Manager: Richard Greene II

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Richard Greene II has been involved with the Northwest Indiana hockey community for over 15 years.
During that time he has been a youth Head and Assistant coach at the travel level. Rich also spent time
as the Director of Learn to Play Hockey for the Midwest Blackbirds youth organization. He has also
served on the Northern Illinois Hockey League (NIHL) and Northwest Hockey League (NWHL) boards in
multiple capacities.

Mr. Greene was the original General Manager of the Chi-Town Shooters, professional hockey team of
the AAHL, which won the league championship in their first season.
He has been a board member of the Illiana High School Hockey League for several years, and currently
serves as league commissioner. In addition to the Illiana League Rich also serves as a member of the
State of Indiana High School Hockey board.

Rich has been a successful scout with the Midwest Blackbirds since 2018. During that time he brought in
and helped to develop several players to higher levels of hockey.

In his current role as General Manager of the Midwest Blackbirds USPHL Premier Team Richard is
focused on creating an environment in which all Blackbirds players will thrive. His singular goal is to help
develop all players, in the organization, to achieve their hockey and academic goals. Whether it be Tier
II junior hockey (or higher), NCAA Division III or ACHA college hockey; Rich is committed to helping all
Blackbird players attain their goals, and works tirelessly to place them in to meaningful positions that
will benefit them in the future.


Assistant Coach: Liam Thrawl

Contact: [email protected]

Liam played youth hockey in the Chicago area starting with the Vernon Hills Ice Dogs Northern Illinois Hockey League (NIHL) program. He then advanced to the Team Illinois Tier I, AAA hockey program where he was a standout player for four years and won a an Illinois Tier 1, AAA State Championship. Thrawl then advanced again to play in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for the Janesville Jets and Austin Bruins.

Liam graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Majors in Marketing and Organization and Performance. While attending OSU, Liam worked in the athletic department in marketing and other organizational operations. Liam brings with him experience outside of his hockey experiences and education in that he worked in the front office for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).

As as Assistant Hockey Coach Liam looks forward to working with the Jr. Blackbirds and the Blackbirds Youth Hockey programs to give the players the unique perspectives of what it takes to advance to Tier II Junior Hockey, as well as helping players achieve their hockey aspirations of moving into the upper levels of Junior Hockey and Collegiate Hockey.


Team Coordinator: Kara Manojlovich

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It’s always exciting seeing the different personalities shine. Spending time matchjing the players with their “home away from home” is my favorite way to kick off the season!

I am looking forward to meeting the new players and families and watching their development. Each spring we start recruiting, by fall we flyu in the team and we are in full Blackbird swing!

Midwest Blackbirds