Vice President of Operations - Donald Stone, III
Donald, a former hockey player, is beginning his first full season with the RoadRunners, working closely with our sponsors and fans in order to continue the RoadRunner’s standing as one of the most successful franchises in the NAHL. Donald brings a youthful enthusiasm to the front office and an unbridled passion for hockey in Topeka.
Prior to relocating in Topeka this year, he was the Assistant Director of Marketing for a sports radio station in Atlanta, Georgia (680 The Fan). During his 5-year tenure he worked closely with the Atlanta Thrasher Radio Network and became their Executive Producer. In addition, he produced radio shows for the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Hawks.
This year Donald plans to bring a top notch game day atmosphere to Landon Arena, rewarding the best fans in the league for their support.
Donald comes from a large family with 6 younger brothers, all of whom are current or former hockey players. In his free time, Donald enjoys working with the youth hockey program and relaxing with his dog, Jackson.
Manager of Community Relations - Chris Engesser
Chris joins the RoadRunners family this year working full-time as the Manager of Community Relations and running game night operations. Working as a Roadshow Producer for WCNN Sports Radio 680 The Fan in Atlanta for six years, he developed a love for hockey while covering the Atlanta Thrashers (now Winnipeg Jets of the NHL).
Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Chris served in the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Gloucester, MA. Working as a heavy weather motor lifeboat crewman, he performed Search and Rescue and law enforcement operations off the coast of Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Following his service, Chris earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA.
Strengthening the ties between the RoadRunners and the Topeka community will be one of Chris’ goals for this season, in addition to making our game operations the best in the NAHL!
Play by Play Broadcaster - Arch Ecker
For the 2014-15 season, Arch Ecker begins his ninth season with the RoadRunners and nineteenth in Tier II Junior A. Since 1996, he has been broadcasting Junior A hockey games, beginning his career with the AFHL's Butte Fighting Irish for six seasons, followed by four seasons with the AWHL's Helena Bighorns, who later joined the NAHL. On September 28, 2013, he called his 1,000th Tier II Junior A hockey game, with 446 of them being RoadRunners games. His well-rounded sports broadcasting experience also includes Pioneer League baseball games, as well as other high school sports.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, he relocated to Butte, Montana when he lived for 16 years before joining the RoadRunners. Arch says, "I'm proud to be a part of this organization. The ownership and coaches are first class."
Arch plays in a dueling piano show and plays bass guitar in local bands during the off-season.