Wisconsin hockey coordinator Engel-Natzke hired by AHL’s Bears as video coach


The AHL’s Hershey Bears announced Thursday that the team has hired Emily Engel-Natzke as video coach.

Engel-Natzke joins the Bears from Wisconsin where she served as the assistant director of operations/video coordinator. With the Badgers, she worked with both the men’s and women’s hockey teams from 2015 to 2017, and exclusively with the men’s team from 2017 to 2020.

The 29-year-old native of Fort Collins, Colo., assisted the coaching staff by producing game-by-game video breakdowns and opponent pre-scouts, while also creating video content for players, recruits, and alumni.

As a member of the women’s coaching staff, she helped the Badgers to regular-season and WCHA tournament titles in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

“We’re excited to welcome Emily as our new video coach,” said Hershey VP of hockey operations Bryan Helmer in a statement. “She impressed in the interview process, and we feel the passion and detail in her work, along with her skill set and experience, will make her the perfect person to join our talented coaching staff and add to our rich history and tradition.”

Engel-Natzke also started working with USA Hockey in 2013, and served as the video coach for USA Hockey’s U18 and Senior Women’s National Teams. She was part of the World Championship-winning staff for the U18 team in 2018 in Russia, and the 2019 Senior Women’s team in Finland. The graduate of Colorado-Boulder also worked at USA Hockey camps and festivals.

“Emily possesses the necessary experience, skill set and work ethic and will be a tremendous addition to the Hershey Bears and the [Washington] Capitals organization,” said Capitals director of player personnel Chris Patrick. “We feel that she will complement the Bears coaching staff to continue to create a winning culture and help develop our prospects in Hershey.”