St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

Born in Beaverton, Ontario, Canada where I played my youth hockey till I was 15, then went on to Play for the Toronto Young Nationals for a year and was then drafted by the London Knights where I played 3 seasons. Drafted to Quebec Nordiques in 1980 and went on to play 15 years of Pro Hockey, both AHL and NHL. My last stop was in 1992 to 1995 where I played for the St. Louis Blues.

My wife and I decided to retire and stay in St. Louis, MO, where we built a home in Chesterfield and raised our 3 children, Alexandra, Philip and Abbey where they all attended Chesterfield Elmentary School.

My first involment in youth hockey started when they opened Chesterfield Ice rinks, where I helped coached Atom hockey with other youth hockey coaches, John McCadden, Scott Welsh, Rob Ramage and Dr. Bill Biermbaum. Started coaching in Chesterfield as a head coach in 1997 and was voted on the board of Chesterfield Falcons in 1998 and served for 5 years. Was heavily involved in getting STL AA teams into the Central States hockey league, that was based out of Chicago where our Chesterfield Peewee team won both the league and playoffs.

Joined the AAA Junior Blues organization where I both coached and was on the board for 3-4 years. Biggest thrill in coaching or being involved in STL youth hockey was when our Bantam Major team, coached by Head Coach Mike Gober, won the National Championship. A first for STL Junior Blues organization where I assisted the team under Coach Gober. I also very much enjoyed the coaching and involment in the start up team, STL Cyclones, girls AA hockey organization. Worked and assisted Coach Steve Giacin with the Peewee and Bantam team, where my daughter played. Also spent timeas an assistant coach with STL Elite, with Head Coaches, Ken Placke, Al MacInnis, Mike Gober.

We moved back to Canada in 2007, where our son Philip played for the London Knights in the OHL and our daughter Abbey played for London Devilettes in the Ontario Womens Junior league, where I got involved in Management with the Knights, where I was a part owner of the team since 2000. I was also employed by the STL Blues of the NHL to be a amateur scout for 2007 to 2012. I was fortunate to be named the GM of the Knights in 2014 to 2016 when then current GM, and Ex. Blue, Mark Hunter left the Knights to be the Assistant GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dale Hunter, coach and majority owner were very fortunate to win the Memorial Cup in 2016 which is the Canadian Junior Hockey League Champsionship.

After the Mem Cup season and our 3 children residing in the USA, I took a job with the Columbus Bluejackets as Director of Player Personal under Jarmo Kekalainen GM and John Davidson, President. Was great to join 2 guys that I had worked with during my time with the Blues. I was recently promoted to Assistant GM in Columbus under GM Jarmo Kekalainen. Currently, Jill and I reside in Columbus, OH and spend the summers at our family cottage in Northern Ontario, where our entire family meet and spend quality time. Our eldest daughter, Alexandra who is a graduate of University of Missouri, with a Masters in Education, now resides in Mexico, MO where she teaches 1st grade with her husband Derek and our 2 granddaughters ... Lucy and Annie. Our son Philip is playing pro hockey in the Czech Republic this year and resides in Wildwood, MO in the summer with his wife, Shannon. And lastly our daughter Abbey, now resides in Kitchener/ Waterloo, Ontario with her husband Colton, and a graduate of St. Lawerence University where she played 4 years of D1 hockey.