STAFF

Honorary General Manager

Stan Melton

Stan is a founder of the Missouri State Hockey Club as well as a founder of the Springfield Citizens Committee that advocated the construction of a recreational ice facility before Jordan Valley Ice Park (now Mediacom Ice Park) opened in 2001. Stan devoted his efforts to the off-ice operations of the Ice Bears team, including scorekeeping, business operations, sponsorship sales, media relations and general team operations before relinquishing his duties in July of 2015. A native of Cassville, Stan is a graduate of the University of Missouri and is retired from Mediacom in Springfield. He is involved in a number of community activities, including serving as Steering Committee Chairman of the Ozarks Music Festival fall event, which raises funds for the Springfield Boys and Girls Clubs and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Stan also served as campaign consultant with the Tom Flanigan for State Representative campaign in the Carthage area. He is an avid hockey fan who attended 20 to 30 professional games a season before devoting his time to the Missouri State program. Stan serves as a WebSportsRadio.Com commentator during road games. He is married to Cindy McCall-Melton.


Team Co-founder

Curt Bussen

After serving as an assistant coach for the Ice Bears' first three seasons, Curt spent nine years in the role of assistant general manager before assuming the interim role of General Manager after co-founder Stan Melton relinquished his duties in 2015 - then stepped aside in 2016. Curt, was primarily responsible for scheduling, website coordination and serving as liaison with the ACHA and MACHA.  Curt's hockey background includes youth, high school and adult competitive league hockey. He is also a founding member of the Capital Area Amateur Hockey Association in Jackson, Mississippi. Originally from St. Louis, Curt attended Missouri State University and graduated with a degree in Marketing. He is a senior copywriter for The Marlin Company, a Springfield advertising firm. Curt and his wife, Cyndi, have two children, Cal and Macy.


General Manager

Rhonda Ashlock

Rhonda was asked to step in as team manager in 2015 to handle most of the behind-the-scenes administrative work as Stan Melton stepped down from the general manager position. In 2016, Rhonda became the general manager. She has been a long time fan of the Ice Bears and enjoys her new position as general manager of her favorite hockey team. Rhonda graduated from MSU with a BS in Education and a minor in math. Shortly after graduating, Rhonda's second son was born prematurely, and she decided to be a stay at home mom with her two sons until she became a part of Ice Bear management.


Assistant General Manager / Director of Broadcasting  and Media

Steve Casson

The voice of the Ice Bears on WebSportsRadio.com, Steve took over webmaster duties before the 2008-2009 season. He has broadcast over 500 Ice Bears games on Springfield radio and the internet since the 2005-2006 season. Steve has been the lead play-by-play broadcaster for the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) 2010, 2011 and 2012 Division III National Finals. Steve has also called games of the Division II ACHA Regional playoffs since 2005 and Division II National Tournaments in 2009, 2010 and in 2014 and 2015 involving the Missouri State Ice Bears and other participating teams. Steve was also honored to be the play-by-play broadcaster for games of the 2009-2010 Division II ACHA Select Team which traveled through five European countries - France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria - from December 27th, 2009 to January 7th, 2010.


Co-Operations Manager

Gary Momphard

Gary was asked to become a co-operations manager for the 2016-17 season. He accepted and is a dedicated and hard-working person who keeps the team running smoothly before, during and after Ice Bears' games. Gary is an avid Blues fan, as well as an Ice Bear fan. Gary is from St. Louis and looks forward to moving back there some time after retiring from the Greene County Deputy office.


Co-Operations Manager

Lloyd Gibbs

Lloyd was also asked to work in conjunction with Gary to keep the team running smoothly before, during and after Ice Bears' games. A long time hockey fan, Lloyd spends a lot of his time at the rink. If he isn't there for the Ice Bears, he's there with his 2 sons, who both play hockey for the Jr. Bears.


Asst. Operations Manager

Hailee Pedersen

Hailee has been with the team for 4 years now. She started as an intern at the age of 16. Hailee graduated from Hillcrest High School and is now attending MSU. Hailee is not sure if she will stay at MSU, as she has hopes of going to school out of state.


Audio and Music Director

Mickey Ashlock

The vibrant audio and sounds heard at Mediacom Ice Park are brought to you by "Mic", who has many years experience in audio mixing.


Team Photographer

Rhonda Ashlock

Most of Rhonda's photos have been used in Ice Bears media and publications for the past three years.