John grew up in the Philadelphia area. He began playing for the Glaciers for 2 years of mites and first year of squirts before moving to tier 1 with the Little Flyers, New Jersey Rockets, and Valley Forge Minutemen. John attended LaSalle for one year playing for head coach Wally Muehlbronner before moving on to Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA which plays in top notch Independent School League. At Lawrence, John thrived on the rink, football field, and lacrosse field and was captain of all 3 teams his senior year. Upon graduation, John took a year to play with the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs where he captured the EJHL League championship. Following his success with the Monarchs, John went to Babson College where he had a stellar 4 year career. Over his four years, John was only the 13th player in school history to score 50 goals and was team captain both his junior and senior seasons. In his junior season, he lead the team against all odds to win the ECAC East league championship despite entering the playoffs as the 6th seed. They earned the school’s first NCAA bid since the early 90s. After graduation, John played a year and a half in the minor leagues at the A and AA level with Richmond Renegades, Reading Royals, Dayton Bombers, and Evansville Icemen.
Following his playing career John wanted to stay involved in the game he has loved his whole life. He came back to coach the Minutemen at the Squirt Major (2000 birth year) and Bantam Major (1996 birth year). .John has coached our 04 team as well as our 06 (for 6 years) team. The 04 team won multiple league and district championships and 6 of those players are now either currently playing Division 1 or committed to play division 1 ice hockey. The 06 team has been a perennial playoff and district team, with 2 former players being committed to Division 1 programs. John is also a coach for the Atlantic District Player Development Program.
Hockey should be fun; the fun part of hockey to coach John is lining up and competing against an opponent. Our practices are designed to work on each individual’s skills and create an environment where the kids are pushed to compete in practice against one another and they are excited to show up to the rink each day.
John has learned a lot about how coaching is so much more than knowing the game, it is building relationships with the players and learning to communicate with each player as they are all very different. John believes team success comes from individual improvement combined with the whole team buying in to achieving the same goals.