St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame







John played youth hockey for the Affton Americans and later played Jr. B for the Brentwood Blazers and Affton Americans.  He played high school hockey for CBC from 1980 through 1984 and won the Mid-States championship in 1983.   He was blessed to have been mentored along the way by wonderful coaches such as Dave Staub, Georg Euson and Hall of Famers Jake Hinterser, Lou Struckman, Rick Kennedy and Matt Buha.  John attended the U17 Midwest Olympic camp in 1983 and later played in college for the University of St. Thomas and the University of Wisconsin - River Falls.
               Affton American's hockey has always been near and dear to John's heart.  He served as VP of Travel and Coaching Director for 7 years.  One of his coaching highlights at Affton include working as an assistant coach under Jake Hinterser for the 1993 Peewee AA team which won the Midwest Regionals earning a trip to the USA Hockey Nationals.  John loved his time coaching his son Johnny's teams at Affton.  In 2000 John was an assistant coach for the Mite AA team which had an undefeated season and were crowned Missouri state champs.  The next season he led the Squirt A1 team to yet another undefeated season and state championship.
               John has had countless other coaching endeavors throughout the years.  He worked as an assistant coach with Gary Tockman in 1995 for the St. Louis Prospects Midget AAA team.  He also worked with Rick Zombo in 2002 and 2003 as an assistant coach for the Missouri High School Showcase team. In 2003 John was the assistant coach of the Missouri Storm Peewee AAA team under Charlie Miller. That year they were runner up in the Nova Scotia International Peewee AAA Tournament.
               CBC Hockey has always been John's true passion as he has dedicated the past 27 years to this prestigious program.  He began his coaching career as an assistant coach of the JV team in 1990.  He took over as the JV head coach in 1994 winning the JV championship in 1996.  John was working double duty those years as an assistant coach for the varsity team under former coach, Rick Kennedy.  He took over as head coach of CBC's varsity team in 1998.  Along with assistant coaches Nick Carosello and Randy Staub, they have won 12 Mid-States championships in 19 seasons.