The New Orleans Brass Professional Hockey
1201 St. Peter, Suite 200
New Orleans, LA 70116
phone (504) 522-PUCK fax (504) 523-7295
New Orleans Arena
Wendy Armstrong | Dan Belisle | Amy Boyle | Pete Carson | Jose Lopez
Alan S. Raphael | Michael Samardzija | Jim Talamonti | Cynthia Thibodeux
> Wendy Armstrong - Administrative Assistant
Wendy Armstrong, 26, is beginning her first season as an Administrative Assistant with the New Orleans Brass. Raised on the Northshore in Slidell, Wendy attended Southeastern
Louisiana University, then joined the US Air Force and served four years active duty at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. After a 2 year stay in Seattle, Washington Wendy
moved back to New Orleans to be home in the heat with family and friends.
> Dan Belisle - General Manager
On June 3, 1999, Dan Belisle became the New Orleans Brass' second General
Manager in franchise history, replacing Larry Kish. Belisle, spent his first
two years with the organization as Assistant General Manager/Assistant Coach
and was instrumental in helping the club reach the ECHL playoffs for two
Belisle joined the New Orleans Brass in 1997 after a short stint in Dayton,
Ohio as Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach of the Dayton Ice
Bandits of the United Hockey League (formerly known as the Colonial Hockey
League). Prior to that, Belisle spent the 1995-96 with the Jacksonville
Bullets of the Southern Hockey League in the same role, as Director of
Hockey Operations and Head Coach.
Belisle began his professional hockey Career as Director of Amateur Hockey
for the NHL Detroit Red Wings in 1984, spending three years with the Wings
before moving into the coaching ranks. In 1987, Belisle became Head Coach of
the Detroit Junior Red Wings. He then spent 4 seasons as Assistant General
Manager/Coach with the Kalamazoo Junior K-Wings. In his fours years in
Kalamazoo, Belisle was apart of two league championships, three divisional
championships, and three appearances at the USA Hockey Junior A National
Championships, including winning a 1993 Runner-up National Championship.
Belisle then spent two seasons as General Manager/Coach of the Indianapolis
Junior Ice. In 1994 while with the Junior Ice, Belisle was named the North
American Hockey League's General Manager of the Year.
Overall in his seven years in the North American Hockey League, Belisle
amassed one of the highest coaching winning percentages, with a career
record of 161-103-29 in regular season and 23-15 in post season play. During that
time, Belisle's teams never missed the playoffs.
Belisle has spent his entire life in hockey following his father, Dan, Sr.'s
footsteps. The senior Belisle has been with the NHL Detroit Red Wings for
the past 17 years, and was apart of their 1997 and 1998 Stanley Cup
Championships as Director of NHL Scouting.
Belisle is 36 and resides in New Orleans.
> Amy Boyle - Director of Promotions
With five years experience in sports marketing and public relations, Amy M. Boyle
enters her first season with the Brass. At 25, she joins the club as director of promotions, coordinating corporate
sponsorships and promotions for the team.
Previously, Amy worked at Lousiana State Universityís Department of Athletics and University of New Orleans
Athletics in marketing and promotions.
Amy, a native New Orleanian, also served as public relations coordinator for the Super Bowl XXXI Host Committee in
1996. In addition to Super Bowl XXXI, Amy helped lead public relations efforts for the 1996 AAU Junior Olympic
Games and a 1996 Houston Rockets/San Antonio Spurs exhibition game held in New Orleans.
Amy received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Loyola University. She is currently working on a Masterís of
Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.
> Pete Carson - Trainer
Carson, a native of London, Ontario, enters his first season with the Brass. Prior to joining the Brass, Carson was the head trainer for the Columbus Cottonmouths
of the Central Hockey League for the past three seasons. He has also served as the head trainer for the Lakeland Prowlers of the Southern Hockey League and
the London Wildcats of the Colonial hockey League.
He is the owner and operator of Slapshot Sports Equipment and Repairs. Carson resides in the New Orleans suburb of Harahan with his wife Tanya and their
children, Jackson and Jaime.
> Jose Lopez - Assistant Director of Ticketing
Jose Lopez is entering his first season with the New Orleans Brass as the Assistant Director of Ticketing. This past May, Jose graduated from Louisiana State
University were he received a Bachelorís of Arts in General Studies in Media. Before joining the Brass, Jose worked at LSUís Department of Athletics as a
Marketing & Promotions assistant and was the Departments Graphic Designer. Jose,23, is originally from Panama City, Panama.
> Alan S. Raphael - Director of Marketing
Alan S. Raphael became Director of Marketing for the New Orleans Brass during the summer of 1999. Raphael comes to the Brass after having served as
Marketing Manager for the Louisiana Superdome and the New Orleans Arena. Previously, Raphael spent five years as Director of Marketing for University of
New Orleans Privateer Athletics, directing the marketing effort for 14 NCAA Division 1 sports. Prior to that, Raphael served various roles with Montgomery &
Stire, a New Orleans-based advertising and public relations agency. While with the agency, Raphael received a Silver Anvil Award from the Public Relations
Society of America - New Orleans Chapter, recognizing his Burger King / New Orleans Public Schools crossing guard program. During six years with two
Louisiana television stations, Raphael was distinguished for excellence in television production and marketing with two local ADDY Awards.
Raphael has served as Publicist for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Walt Disneyís World On Ice in the New Orleans market for more than a
decade. The 1979 graduate of Tulane University actively participates in volunteer work for the Contemporary Arts Center, the Louisiana Childrenís Museum, the
United Negro College Fund Walk-A-Thon and Sports for Life. Raphael, 42, is single and resides in Uptown New Orleans.
> Michael Samardzija - Account Executive
Michael Samardzija returns for his third year with the hockey club. Originally from the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hill, Michigan, he received
his undergraduate education form Eastern Michigan University and his postgraduate education from the University of New Orleans.
Before joining the New Orleans Brass, Samardzija worked with the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation on events including Super Bowl and
the USA Track & Field National Championships. Prior to coming to New Orleans, he spent 3 years with The Kansas City Symphony in the
marketing department in addition to being the touring manager.
> Jim Talamonti - Director of Broadcasting/Public Relations
New to the Brass this season is Director of Broadcasting/Public
Relations Jim Talamonti. For the last seven years, Talamonti served
as the play-by-play voice of the Columbus (OH) Chill of the East Coast
Hockey League. In 1998 he handled the play-by-play for the United
Hockey League All-Star telecast. His play-by-play credits also include
Ohio State University hockey, South Bend Silver Hawks (Midwest League)
baseball, and NCAA football and basketball.
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Talamonti graduated from Butler
University (Indianapolis) in 1989. He has fifteen years of radio and
television experience. Talamonti succeeds Steve Carroll, now the
play-by-play voice of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
> Cynthia Thibodeux - Director of Ticketing
Cynthia Thibodeaux is entering her first season with the Brass as Director of Ticketing. She is a native New Orleanian. Along with season ticket sales Thibodeaux will also be
responsible for group sales, birthdays parties and the Brass Newsletters. Thibodeaux has over 10 years experience in membership marketing and sales with the Audubon Institute.
Thibodeaux resides in New Orleans where she has spent most of her life.