St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

Jack starting coaching PeeWee's in the early 80's with the Webster Groves Hockey Association.  In 1986 he moved to the Kirkwood Hockey Association. At Kirkwood, he coached for 8 seasons mainly at the Bantam and Midget AA levels. During those years he coached 5 teams that advanced to the Central District Regional's. Those 5 teams were the first ever Kirkwood teams to advance to the Regional's. Jack also helped administratively in which he served as Director of Coaching, Chairman of Hockey Operations, Chairman of Rules and Disciplinary Committee and Chairman of the Board.

From 1990 to 1995 Jack served as the USA Hockey Director of the Initiation Program for St. Louis.  In 1991 Jack started coaching the Parkway South Patriots. In Jack's 9 years the Patriots won more games than all but one school. The Patriots recorded 2 consecutive Mid-States Championships in 1994 and 1995. Jack also served 6 times on the Mid-States Chicago Showcase Coaching Staff. Jack served as the Chairman of the Mid-States Tiering Committee and served on the Mid-States Rules Committee.

In 1995 Jack returned to the Webster Groves Hockey Association for 5 years as their Director of Coaching. Jack also ran the WGHA Spring Hockey Program skating over 800 players. During the summers of 1995 and 1996 Jack was asked to participate in the USA Hockey Select 17 Camps held in Lake Placid New York. Jack then Coached the St. Louis Jr. Blues from 1999-2010. During Jack's 12 years the team amassed a 514-98-33-8 overall won/loss record. The team also accomplished:

2010 Tier III Jr. A National Champions, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Jr. B National Champions, 2003 Jr. B National Runner Up, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010 CSHL Playoff Hurster Cup Champions, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 CSHL League Champions. 

The 2004 National Championship Team was the first ever St. Louis team to win a National Championship at any level.  The Jr. Blues set a Junior Hockey record with 4 consecutive National Championships and the 2010 Championship was the first ever Tier III Junior A National Championship outside of the EJHL.  Player advancement during Jack's 12 years was just as impressive:

NHL - 4    NCAA Division I - 28    USHL - 21    NAHL - 45    Minor Pro - 14    NCAA Division III - 26    
Canadian Major Junior - 3    Canadian Tier II - 4    Europe Pro - 3    ACHA - 53    EJHL - 5

Jack also coached the Missouri Storm along with Dave Garth from 2002 - 2007. This was Missouri Hockey sponsored team that comprised non AAA PeeWee aged players to play in Summer AAA tournaments in Canada. The different Storm teams traveled to Halifax, Montreal, Sarnia, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Whistler. 

While Jack certainly has been a part of numerous successful programs, he considers his players growth as the biggest accomplishments and thrills during his coaching days. Above all, helping kids become young men has been his biggest reward. Thus, most of all he would like to thank all of his players.