Director of Media and Communications

Michael Hughes


Michael Hughes has been director of media and communications the Kam River Fighting Walleye since 2019. He leads a team responsible for developing communication strategies that help advance the organization’s efforts to catalyze broad impact through the sharing of effective ideas and practices. These strategies include publications, partnerships with membership organizations, web marketing, social media, media outreach and team broadcasting.


Michael will oversee the Fighting Walleye website, social media, broadcast teams and design process as well as act as head scout for the USA.


Prior to joining the Fighting Walleye, he held a similar role with the Thief River Falls Norskies, where he helped raise the Norskies profile socially through social platforms and media. In addition, he also holds the position of Director of Hockey Operations / General Manager for the Omaha Junior Lancers High School program in Omaha, NE.


Michael resides in Omaha with his wife Kathy and Toby their West Highland Terrier.

Assistant Director of Scouting and Analytics

Kris Reginato

Kris is a native of Thunder Bay but hockey has followed him across the country. After growing up in Richmond BC, Kris moved back to Thunder Bay where his coaching career began. In 2017, Kris stepped on board for the inaugural season with the Thunder Bay Fighting Walleye junior b team as an assistant coach and also ran the social media sites for the team. Kris brings years of design experience in hockey and various sports to the club. He looks forward to bringing the fans the best content in the SIJHL!


Music Coordinator

Scott Hopkins