Rick Gadwa, a native of Brighton, Michigan, is the Manager of Hockey Operations & Programming at the TPH Center of Excellence in Detroit. He graduated from Hartland High School, where he currently coaches the varsity boys hockey team. Gadwa is a graduate of Davenport University where he played three years of college hockey. He then went on to play semi-professional hockey for the Battle Creek Revolution in the AAHL. The father of three still resides in Brighton, Michigan.
Before his time with TPH, Zach was the Assistant GM at the New England Sports Center, an 8 rink facility in Marlborough, MA. Before moving to Massachusetts, Zach went from Coordinator to Senior Hockey Manager while with the Nashville Predators from 2014-2018. There he helped create the foundation for youth hockey within the Ford Ice Center and started the Preds Select Travel program in addition to many other leagues and camps. He also served as the US Ambassador for Hockey Without Borders/Hockey Sans Frontieres. While with Hockey Without Borders, he coached within Subotica, Serbia HJ Spartak Hockey youth program, as well as, clinics/camps in Serbia, Bosnia, Hungary, Croatia, and Slovenia. Zach also served as the Hockey Director for Camp Laurel in Readfield, Maine from 2011-2013 and was the Assistant Men’s Ice Hockey Coach at the Florida Institute of Technology Club Hockey Team.
Zach ended his playing career after a brief season with HK Spartak in Subotica, Serbia within the Serbian Championship League. Before living in Europe, Zach played club hockey at James Madison University and spent his youth playing within the North Virginia Ice Dogs U-18 AA (CBHL) and Tri-City Eagles (CBHL) AA Youth Program in the Maryland/DC Metro Area. Zach was the recipient of the Washington Capitals Hobey Baker Character Award in 2007-2008, Maryland State Hockey Leagues Top-3 Player to Watch Honors in 2004-2005, and participated in the Swedish Development Camp for the Tri-City Eagles Exchange Program.