This is the 20th in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2005-06.
ECHL.com will post a different coach’s biography each weekday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Chris Cichocki was named the first head coach in Stockton Thunder history on May 11, 2005, joining the Thunder after serving as an assistant coach with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League from February until the end of the season in 2004-05.
Cichocki was head coach and general manager with Cincinnati of the ECHL in 2003-04 and was head coach and director of hockey operations with Arkansas of the ECHL from 2000-2003. He is 127-122-39 in the ECHL regular season and twice advanced to the Kelly Cup Playoffs, including 2002-03 when Arkansas was 37-24-11 and set team records for wins and points. Cichocki was associate head coach and director of player personnel for Cincinnati of the International Hockey League after spending two seasons as the team’s assistant coach.
Cichocki’s professional playing career spanned 12 seasons including stints with the Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League, scoring 23 points (11g-12a) in 68 games. The majority of the right wing’s career was in the IHL and the AHL and he scored 30 goals five times, including a career best 36 with Utica in 1987-88. He scored 574 points (280g-294a) in 875 career games. Cichocki played three years at Michigan Tech University, scoring 121 points (67g-54a) in 116 games, and was signed by the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent in June 1985.
Cichocki and his wife, Val, have two children, Quinn and Carly.