TODD SANDEN – Head Coach / General Manager
Cell Phone: (763) 258-9349
Todd Sanden, Head Coach and General Manager of the North Iowa Bulls is excited to return for his 11th season behind the bench for the Bulls. Claiming the NAHL’s Robertson Cup is a season goal and would be a great accomplishment for our team this season. The North Iowa Bulls played in five Fraser Cup Finals during their 10 years in the NA3HL, raising the Cup in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2021. Playing in three straight USA Hockey National Championship games (2013-15) and capturing two USA Hockey national championships (2013, 2015) is also a great source of pride for our team and community. Our team accomplishments are a testament to the caliber of player we have attracted to the North Iowa Bulls. Those were also community achievements and the Bulls are very fortunate to be part of such a supporting environment.
Entering his 11th season with the Bulls, Coach Sanden has amassed over 1,150 games as a coach at the junior level and well over 1,400 in his career as a hockey coach. This is a season that we can expect to be very competitive with the top teams in the NAHL. We have a veteran laden group but also a young and promising group of first year players that understand the tradition laid before them. With nine returning players, we will look to those veterans to lead this year’s team. The expectation for our returning players is to set an outstanding example of compete, drive, and determination which will lead our group to success.
Coach Sanden has spent time as an assistant with the Coulee Region Chill and the North Iowa Outlaws of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Sanden also has been a head coach in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Coach Sanden is a tireless recruiter who strives to attain the finest talent available to him. The most treasured accomplishments of Coach Sanden’s career are the players who have advanced their careers as a result of playing under him. Sanden’s seven USA Hockey National Championship titles and seven USA Hockey Sportsmanship Awards show a commitment to excellence and sportsmanship in his programs. Coach Sanden also has international coaching experience, participating in exhibition games in Austria, Finland, Germany, and Switzerland.
Todd Sanden is married to wife Teresa with two adult children, Nick and Emily.
Originally from Bradenton, Florida, Murdock attended and played hockey for four years at Shattuck St. Mary’s before moving on to play for the Lincoln Stars in the United States Hockey League. In his second season, he was named a 2nd-Team USHL All-Star and led the league in save percentage (save %) and goals-against average (GAA), as well as participating in the league’s All-Star Game. Kevin went on to play NCAA Division I hockey for Lake Superior State University, where he remains tied for second all-time single-season save % and third all-time career save %. In 2014-2015 he played professionally in the Southern Professional Hockey League for the Fayetteville Fireantz, earning a spot on the SPHL’s All-Rookie Team and brief stints in the ECHL with the Tulsa Oilers and Fort Wayne Komets.
After retiring from playing Kevin spent one season serving as both the Goalie Coach for the entire boys and girls hockey program as well as an Assistant Coach with the Boys Prep team at Gilmour Academy. His responsibilities included recruiting, video breakdown, player skill development and being a proctor in the school’s residence life program.
Murdock returns to North Iowa, where he served from 2016 to 2019 as assistant coach and, later, associate head coach. During his three years with the Bulls, Murdock was involved in every aspect of day-to-day hockey operations and helped lead the team to a total record of 119-31-7-3, which included two regular-season division championships, two playoff division championships and two trips to the Fraser Cup tournament. In addition, he helped promote more than 40 players onto the NAHL and college programs, including five who earned spots on NCAA Division I rosters.
Kevin graduated from Lake Superior State with a Bachelor of Science in Parks and Recreation and also an Associate degree in Natural Resource Technology.
MARK HICKS – Assistant Coach
Mark begins his 11th year with the Bulls and has over 25 years of coaching experience. He has been a resident of Mason City for more than a quarter-century, moving to town to be an assistant coach with the North Iowa Huskies of the USHL in 1995. Mark has coached all levels of hockey in Mason City, including 13 years as the Head Coach of the Mason City Mohawks High School Hockey Team where he was named coach of the year three times.
Previously to that, he spent two years coaching with his Alma Mater, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he also lettered four years, was a two time All-American and finished his playing career ranked 2nd all time in points in school and NCHA history. He was inducted into the UWEC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. Mark also spent a season in the ECHL with the Toledo Storm and Richmond Renegades.
He and his wife of 24 years, Cassie, have three adult children and nine grand-children.
Coach Hicks on-ice passion is working with the power play and developing the offense. In this area the team has ranked near or at the top of the league every season in the NA3HL. He also enjoys looking at game film, breaking it down and implementing game plans for each team the Bulls play.
In adittion to his passion for hockey, his true passion is to see the young men who come to North Iowa excel off the ice as well as on and to assist them in achieving the next level in their hockey career and life. “Junior hockey is one of the greatest times in a players life but it can also be a grind. I want to be an open ear and an open door for each young man who comes to Mason City and help them maximize their experience. I believe a lot of our success as a team has been the open door policy Coach Sanden has with his players and I am blessed to be a part of it.”
Born in Japan, Tsukasa has enjoyed playing youth and junior hockey in Canada and Finland. While playing junior hockey in Finland, Arinami enrolled in the top European Hockey Coaching Program at the Haaga Helia University of Applied Sciences located within the Finnish Olympic Training Centre (Vierumaki).
Upon graduating with Bachelors Degree in Sports Management and top European Hockey Qualification from Vierumaki in 2011, Arinami went on to coach from youth to top female and collegiate programs in Japan and throughout Asia. His additional career highlights include working with female Olympic players from multiple countries, being part of the staff member for the University Men’s Japanese National Team Program and other National projects. He continued his international experience as a coach at the IIHF Development camp in 2008. Arinami has also worked for 2017 NHL Hockey School China, where he travelled to different Chinese cities and ran skills camps as part of NHL’s plan to promote hockey in China. Tsukasa brings a wealth of international experience to the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, British Columbia as an assistant coach, and will also help open doors to recruiting opportunities in the Asian market.