Martin “Dawg Father” Richardson is the original Dawg. He started the Dawg hockey club in 2003 and has been very instrumental in the building of what Dawg Nation has become today. Our president is a native of England but grew up in Colorado. He has been a practicing CPA for over 20 years.
Martin is a graduate of Metro State University where he starred for the Roadrunners on the soccer field earning MVP honors in his senior year. Martin captains and plays on two Dawg teams in the organization. His hockey passion started on his parents’ outdoor rink in Indian Hills, Colorado.
Our leader is married (Cindy) with three daughters. Like many of members on Dawg Nation, Martin enjoys coaching kids and giving back to the community. Martin has been recognized for his community service on many occasions. In 2012, he won the Channel 7 Everyday Hero award and was finalist for the Colorado Youth soccer coach of the year. In 2014, Martin was honored as the Colorado Rapids Community MVP and finished second in the MLS league wide voting for the prestigious MLS Community MVP. In 2015, Martin was once again a finalist for the Colorado State Youth Soccer Coach of the Year and was also named the Channel 4 “Game Changer” for the month of February.
Rob “Superfan” Packard has been a part of Dawg Nation since his boys took to the ice in 1995, a part of the foundation since its inception, and has seen first-hand the immeasurable difference the foundation has made in the lives of others. This became especially powerful when his oldest son was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and became a recipient and, ultimately, a survivor… who subsequently went on to help launch the incredibly successful Survivor’s Game. Rob not only cheers on the Dawgs but has been known to don a pair of skates and occasionally join them on the ice… though the jury’s still out on whether or not that invalidates the mantra on teaching old dawgs new tricks.
A successful businessman and CEO for over 35 years here in the Denver area, Rob strives to support others as they pursue personal and professional (as well as hockey) goals. He’s hands on with his help, and will readily help build wheelchair ramps or run ice buckets to locker rooms, with no service deemed too great or too small when it comes to getting the job done.
Married to his biggest fan, and best friend, Kelli, they have two boys of their own, and a full hockey line of extras that they’ve helped raise. Next in line are teaching the grandkid(s) how to play hockey.
Dave is a native New Englander who moved to Colorado for graduate school in 1976 and never moved back. Prior to the move, he was proud to be the worst player on the worst high school hockey team in the state of New Hampshire. Although he has improved only slightly since then, he joined the Dawgs in 2005, and currently enjoys playing on both the Old Dawgs and Dawgs II teams, the latter with his son Matt who is a far better player than his father. Along with fellow Board member Mike Pijanowski, Dave coached in the Arvada Hockey Association for 9 years, winning State Championships at the Pee Wee and Bantam levels.
Dave is a Senior Vice President of the 6,000+ employee international environmental/engineering consulting firm of CDM Smith Inc., and enjoys mountain climbing throughout Colorado and all over the world when not at work or in some ice rink.
Dave and his lovely wife Karen live in Evergreen.
Greg is a former New Englander who’s made Colorado his home since 1995. An avid hockey player since the age of six, Greg plays on two Dawgs teams and would play on more if only his lovely wife Pam would let him, who together have two teenagers at home. He’s coached baseball, football and lacrosse in the Parker Youth Sports organization since 2005.
Greg is also the Vice President and partner at Ethos Financial Partners, a division of Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
Greg is a passionate family man who regularly attends Southeast Christian Church in Parker and enjoys camping, backpacking and giving back to the community that he calls home.
Mike has always enjoyed being an athlete and part of a team. Mike was fortunate enough to be a quarterback (scout team All-American) on Bill McCartney’s 1990 National Championship team at CU. More important than football, Mike learned the power of agape love, the kind of love that is unconditional.
After college, Mike enjoyed a successful career in education with Jefferson County Publics schools, retiring after 26 years of service as a teacher, coach, principal and most recently as an Achievement Director. Mike also has a background in non-profit work as a founding member and president of Eleos Project Sudan.
Mike and his wife Jennifer live in Littleton, Colorado with their five children. What attracted Mike to Dawg Nation was their generosity.
Mike has a passion for Dawg Nation and giving back. In addition to playing on two Dawg teams, he is working on starting a team of adults that are new to hockey, because he knows first-hand the power of Dawg Nation hockey in people’s lives.
Todd Gehrke has been a top producing loan officer in the Denver Metro area since 2001. Todd provides mortgage financing for Colorado residents. Todd moved to Colorado from northern Wisconsin and has been working in the mortgage industry for over eleven years and resides in Greenwood Village with his wife and two daughters. His claim to fame as a mortgage professional is his accurate prediction of interest rates dropping to the 4% range in 2005, when rates were between 6-7% in his book, The Borrower’s Bible.
He currently manages over $200 Million worth of mortgages in Colorado over the since 2001 years. He has created a mortgage management website that documents each borrower’s loan balance and rate and actively tracks when his clients can save money. His primary client is focused on making the best decisions possible with the money they have and are seeking advice from a professional to help them understand the big picture and an over-all cost perspective of their finances.
He is very active in the hockey community. He sponsors two “LOAN Rangers” men’s league teams and coaches for the Colorado Select girls hockey organization.
Bill is almost a native having moved to Colorado with his family when he was 6 months old. Though he didn’t play hockey while growing up, he fell in love with the sport through his son Collin and daughter Lauren and helped them learn to skate and play hockey. He was a team manager for years for his son’s travel teams, and also volunteered in many positions for his son’s high school teams. Not one to let his kids have all the fun, he began skating and learning to play hockey at age 47. Bill readily admits he is “work in progress” on the ice and enjoys playing in 2 different over-40 leagues, often against his friends on the Old Dawgs.
Bill is an earth scientist in the energy industry and has owned a consulting business for over 30 years that specializes in the evaluation and generation of oil and gas drilling projects. He also owns 2 LLC’s that actively invest in exploration projects and manage those working interests.
He is past president of the Board of Directors of the Denver Earth Resources Library, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Denver serving the energy community, and is also past chairman of the Denver Chapter of the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists.
Bill and his wife Elaine currently reside in Centennial.
Greg is originally from Toronto, Canada where he played hockey through Juniors and college. He received his master’s degree from Ohio University and then entered the job market in professional hockey. Greg arrived in Denver in 1982 and worked in the front offices of the Calgary Flames and the New York Rangers minor league affiliates. In the late 1980s, he entered into the insurance business. He formed TAG Insurance Services in 1994. Greg has been active in the Colorado hockey community for 30 years from summer camps, clinics, coaching and board positions. He continues to play whenever time permits.
Greg and his wife Caroline are active in a number of charities and feel fortunate to be able to be a part of such a great foundation, Dawg Nation. Greg and Caroline have three children who have and are still playing hockey. Their youngest Brooke, will be attending Dartmouth College in the fall of 2014 and will be playing hockey, while getting a great education
John Hayes is Chairman, President and CEO of Ball Corporation, a global supplier of innovative, sustainable metal packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball has revenues of approximately $9 billion, and employs more than 14,500 people in 15 countries. The company was founded in 1880.
John also holds a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Strategy from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he was named the Ira J. Harris scholar in finance.
More importantly, he has a passion for ice hockey, where he is involved in a variety of non-profit entities that encourages and promotes the game, including the Boulder Hockey Club and Dawg Nation Foundation, as well as being the owner of the now dormant Denver Cutthroats, the professional “AA” affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League.
Milan Hejduk spent this entire 14 year NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche. His remarkable hockey resume’ includes a Stanley Cup, a Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophy, three all-star game appearances, an Olympic Gold Medal and induction into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame! Milan holds the Avalanche record for regular season games played and scored 881 points in his illustrious career. However, his incredible mark upon hockey doesn’t end there, as he has not only supported Dawg Nation over the years with donations of memorabilia and attendance at many of our events, but also with his generous gift of time.
Milan is very active with the Avalanche alumni and also enjoys coaching hockey, playing golf and spending time with his family. He and his lovely wife Zlata reside in Parker, along with twin boys, David and Marek.
A great supporter of the Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation, Peter McNab begins his 14th season as the Colorado Avalanche’s television color analyst, lending his hockey expertise and a unique perspective on the game of hockey. Regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic color analysts in the game, McNab brings 14 years of NHL playing experience to the Avalanche broadcasts.
He attends almost every Dawg Nation event and promotes the charity whenever and whereever he can.
A native of Vancouver, B.C., McNab has a past association with the Denver area, as he played collegiate hockey at the University of Denver. McNab went on to play for the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks and concluded his playing career with the New Jersey Devils. McNab posted six 35-plus goal seasons and tallied 40 or more goals twice during his career. He finished his career with 363 goals and 450 assists in 954 games. Peter was an NHL All-Star in 1977 and reached the Stanley Cup Finals in three straight seasons from 1975-77.
Peter and his family currently reside in Parker.