Aeros equipment manager joins San Jose Sharks – Chron
On Monday, the Aeros announced that Jason Shaver had replaced Ken Double as the team's play-by-play announcer. Now they are looking for an equipment manager because Rick Bronwell has joined the NHL's San Jose Sharks.
Bronwell, who will serve as top assistant in San Jose, has been in Houston for the last five years and is highly regarded around the American Hockey League.
"The five years that my family and I spent in Houston were some of the most memorable moments of our lives," Bronwell said via email from San Jose. "I give thanks to the entire Minnesota Wild organization as well as everyone in the Aeros family that welcomed us with open arms and personally helped me become who I am today."
Bronwell got his start with the now defunct Kansas City Blades, serving as game night assistant and then assistant equipment manager from 1992-2001.
After the Blades ceased operations when the International Hockey League folded, Bronwell got his first job as head equipment manager when he joined the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies in 2001-02.
Because the Aeros won the Calder Cup title in 2003, Bronwell got to serve as head equipment manager for the Canadian All-Star team at the 2004 AHL all star game in Grand Rapids.
Another former Aero was in the news on Monday as Rob Daum was named an assistant coach for the Edmonton Oilers.
According to CanWest news services, Daum, will join head coach Craig MacTavish and assistants Charlie Huddy, Pete Peeters, and Billy Moores.
Daum, who was dismissed from the Aeros by the Minnesota Wild after the Aeros failed to make the post season, will not be on the bench during games. He will, according to CanWest, be responsible for pre-game scouting reports on Edmonton's opposition.


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