Zoo Bruins Staff

LizJasonDJason and Liz DiMatteo, Owners

Jason and Liz moved to Missoula in July 2014 with their five boys. Jason has been around hockey for over 30 years, playing at both the Junior A and NCAA collegiate levels as well as coaching at both levels and now plays in the Missoula adult
hockey league, GHL. Liz is in banking while Jason works in finance. They both
enjoy spending time with their kids and they love the community of
Missoula for their support of hockey!

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Coaching Staff

Emerson Etem,
Head Coach/General Manager

Etem, a Long Beach, CA-native, is a former first round draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks back in 2010. He was selected 29th overall by the Ducks following a standout junior and international career.

Prior to his professional career, Etem played for the renowned Shattuck-St. Mary’s program before being selected to the U.S. National Development Program U18 Team in 2008-09 in the NAHL, finishing the season with 41 points in 49 total games.

In 18 international games, including six with the U.S. U17 program and two selections to the U.S. World Junior Team, including being named Associate Captain in 2011-12, Etem collected 11 points.

Etem was drafted into the Western Hockey League by the Medicine Hat Tigers in the 2007 Bantam Draft and would join the Tigers in 2009 following his time with the USNDT. In 2009-10, Etem led all WHL rookies in goal scoring.

In three seasons with Medicine Hat, Etem finished with 296 points in 236 total games, including a 120 point regular season and playoffs in 2011-12. Following his WHL career, Etem joined the Syracuse Crunch for six regular season and playoff games in 2012 before moving to the Norfolk Admirals in 2012-13, playing 45 games for the Admirals and collecting 16 points.

It was also in 2012-13 Etem made his NHL debut for the Ducks, playing 38 regular season and seven playoff games for the Ducks in his rookie season while collecting a total of 15 points in 45 games that year.

The following two seasons Etem would again split time between Anaheim and Norfolk, playing a total of 90 games for the Ducks and picking up 24 points. In 2015 Etem was traded, along with a second-round draft pick, to the New York Rangers and made the opening night roster for the Rangers that season but after playing just 19 games with the Rangers he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in January of 2016.

Although he played 39 games for the Canucks that year and re-signed in the off-season, at the start of the 2016-17 season he was placed on waivers and later picked up by his original team the Anaheim Ducks in October 2016. After three games with the Ducks Etem was reassigned to the San Diego Gulls and although he scored in his debut with the Gulls he suffered a knee injury which would later need surgery and end his playing career.

Etem would spend another two seasons playing limited games in the AHL with the Tucson Roadrunners and later the Ontario Reign, his injury would force him to retire from playing.

In all, Etem played a total of 196 NHL games, collecting 54 points including 28 goals and 26 assists.

Recently Etem has been working as a skills coach with SAHA Academy in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He has worked as an on-ice coach with all age players, including AHL, ECHL and AJHL players.


Mike Anderson, Assistant Coach

Mike Anderson comes to the Missoula Jr. Bruins with a passion for the game of hockey, and a love for the city of Missoula.

Mike is originally from St. Paul, MN and moved to Missoula just three years ago. Coming from such a hockey obsessed state as Minnesota, he wasn’t sure what he would find in Missoula. Luckily, Mike found out rather quickly that Missoula has a passionate hockey community that he feels fortunate to be a part of. Plus, the city itself is gorgeous and full of different activities to pursue.

After playing hockey for his neighborhood association, Mike went on to play high school hockey for the now defunct St. Paul Saints program. After finishing his career as the career leader in points for the school, Mike pursued the dream of playing college hockey. This dream took him to the University of New England, the MnJHL with the Hudson Crusaders and finally Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Unfortunately, Mike never was able to lace up in a NCAA Div. III game, spending his last two years playing Div. III JV hockey for Saint Mary’s.

Hanging the skates up was a tough choice, but the right one. Immediately, Mike began to do play-by-play for the team. He did broadcasts on the radio, TV and online. He also began his own blog that covered the entire MIAC Men’s Hockey conference while finishing up his college degree. While in college, Mike also started his own adult hockey league (the Shop Pond Hockey League) in St. Paul, MN that is now in its sixth year of existence. During this time Mike was able to help train players at Build Your Game Hockey training in Blaine, MN with long time mentor and seasoned hockey trainer, Dave Perri. He now does hockey training, clinics and camps under the banner of Build Your Game here in Missoula.

Upon graduation, Mike moved back to St. Paul and was fortunate enough to be an assistant coach for the Mounds View Boy’s High School Hockey team for the 2014-15 season. The following summer, Mike and his wife moved out to Missoula, MT. Mike was on a men’s league team before he even had a job. The first two winters Mike coached with the Missoula Youth Hockey Association helping with the PeeWee A teams. The last season ending in a State Championship. Mike was able to write for the Hockey Writers covering the Minnesota Wild and curate his own podcast, Puck Your Stuff, while also being an “NHL Insider” for the Tootell and Tucker radio show on 102.9 ESPN-Missoula.

After taking a season off this past winter, Mike is ecstatic to be back on the ice as a coach. He could not be more thankful to team owners Jason and Liz DiMatteo and Head Coach Cliff Cook for the opportunity to coach with the Jr Bruins.


Mitch Willert, Athletic Trainer

Mitch, a Sun Prairie Wisconsin native, is entering his first season as the athletic trainer for the Missoula Junior Bruins and MAYHA. A 2017 University of Wisconsin Stevens Point graduate, Mitch received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and is now pursuing his master’s degree in health and human performance at the University of Montana. In his free time, Mitch enjoys exploring the outdoors, playing hockey, and spending time with friends and family.


Jason White - Alaska Scout
Steve Anderson - Minnesota Scout