Hietala comes to the Gamblers after spending the previous year with the Madison Capitols. The Houghton, Michigan native assumed the role of assistant coach and Director of Scouting with the Capitols.
As a player, Hietala played three seasons with the Michigan Tech Huskies (2012-15). After graduation, Hietala played 96 professional games, splitting time between the ECHL and Southern Professional Hockey League. Hietala retired as a player in 2017.
“Blake is extremely professional and driven,” says Gamblers Head Coach/General Manager Pat Mikesch. “He has a great understanding of the game and relates very well with players at the USHL level.