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Ohio AAA Blue Jackets partners with Orthopedic ONE
12/17/2015
Orthopedic ONE is proud to announce its exclusive sports medicine...
7 selected in USHL Draft
05/06/2015
The AAA Blue Jackets today had seven players drafted in phase...
Growing a Sport - by Aaron Portzline Columbus Dispatch
05/06/2015
Growing a sport | Hockey: Local programs are producing elite players Pro,...
NHL Officiating Exposure Combine
04/16/2015
Attention Midget aged Hockey Players : NHL to host Amateur...
Former Olympian, Chesson, joins U19 Girls Coaching Staff
04/07/2015
The Ohio AAA Blue Jackets are pleased to announce the addition of...
Jason Tackett Commits to Ferris State
03/14/2015
    On March 12th, Ohio Blue Jacket alum and current...
Blake Edwards Named to Second Team All NESCAC
03/13/2015
  For the second season in a row Ohio Blue Jackets Alum and...
U18s Come Home Champions
02/16/2015
  The U18s headed to Blaine, Minnesota this weekend for the...
Kole Sherwood Commits to Boston University
02/10/2015
  Committing to play hockey at Boston University was a no-brainer...
Big Weekend For The Organization
02/05/2015
    Last weekend many of our teams came up big in...
2014-15 Boys Head Coaches Announced
03/03/2014
The Ohio AAA Blue Jackets are pleased to announce the boys Head Coaches...
A good read for hockey parents
01/10/2014
http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/11/23/teaching-hockey-the-right-way-focus-on-skills-proper-instruction-start-slow-then-go-fast/  
 
Ohio AAA Blue Jackets partners with Orthopedic ONE

Orthopedic ONE is proud to announce its exclusive sports medicine partnership with the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets

 

Beginning this month, Orthopedic ONE’s team of sports medicine physicians, surgeons, therapists and athletic trainers will be named the official sports medicine provider to the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets, a member of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League.

Ohio AAA Blue Jackets started in 2004 with just a U18 team. Since then the club has seen rapid growth and now has 9 teams playing at the Tier 1 AAA level, which is the highest competitive level of youth hockey within USA Hockey.  This elite group of athletes has seen many successes on the ice, including numerous players receiving NCAA Hockey scholarships, players drafted and signed into the NHL as well as representation on the Team USA World Jr Championship team and the Team USA World Championship Men’s team.

“As our program has grown, the need to add additional services for our players and families has grown as well.  Partnering with Orthopedic One will allow us to provide comprehensive sports medicine services to our players.  It will be a great benefit and resource to our families.  We are excited to partner with the experienced staff at Orthopedic One,” said Ed Gingher, Program Coordinator and U18 Head Coach.  

As part of an exclusive partnership agreement, Orthopedic ONE will offer onsite, game and tournament coverage, injury prevention and related health resources to the AAA Blue Jackets.

“Youth hockey continues to make a name for itself in central Ohio, local programs are growing and this club is producing great players,” said Larry Watson, MD, a Sports Medicine physician with Orthopedic ONE, and team orthopedic surgeon for the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets. “We are committed to helping our partners create an environment in which their student athletes can safely achieve their athletic goals while learning how to prevent and minimize sports related injuries. We are excited about our opportunity to be a part of the AAA Blue Jackets program and look forward to working with the coaches, student athletes and families,” added Geoff Omiatek, Director of Therapy Service at Orthopedic ONE.

This announcement furthers the practice’s list of athletic affiliations and partnerships within the region, which also includes: Columbus Crew SC, Columbus Blue Jackets, Classics Eagles, Resolute Athletic Complex, Columbus Premier League, Ohio RTC (Regional Training Center), Sports Ohio, Mannino’s Grand Slam USA, FC42, Ohio Premier, Team 614 Cycling, and more.

Orthopedic ONE, Ohio’s largest, physician-owned orthopedic practice, offers a world-class roster of sports medicine experts with decades of experience treating professional, collegiate, high school, club and recreational athletes of all ages. Our Physicians, Physical Therapists and Certified Athletic Trainers work together to achieve a unified a goal - returning athletes to pre-injury condition.

With locations throughout central Ohio and nearly 60 orthopedic physicians, Orthopedic ONE represents a range of specialties from total joint replacement to hand, foot and spine surgery, to physical medicine and rehabilitation. To learn more or find a location near you, visit OrthopedicONE.com.

 


by posted 12/17/2015
7 selected in USHL Draft

The AAA Blue Jackets today had seven players drafted in phase 2 of the USHL draft.

U18 Defensemen Nick Jenny and Brendon Demler went back-to-back in the first round. Jenny was at No. 11 by Omaha and Demler went No. 12 to Des Moines.

Also drafted were: 

- Center Mitch Perrault, by Omaha, in the 6th round, No. 93 overall

- Center, Jason Tackett, by Youngstown, in the 9th round, No. 147 overall

- Left Wing, Walker Sommer, by Des Moines, in the 10th round, No. 149 overall

- Right Wing, Chase Gresock, by Youngstown, in the 13th round, No. 211th overall

- Goaltender Grant Valentine, by Des Moines, in the 15th round, No. 230 overall

The USHL is the U.S. equivalent of the Canadian Major Junior program, and it sends scores of players into the NHL draft each year.

 


by posted 05/06/2015
Growing a Sport - by Aaron Portzline Columbus Dispatch

Growing a sport | Hockey: Local programs are producing elite players

Pro, college scouts are noticing talent in this hockey hotbed

 

9/20/14 - Since moving to Columbus nine years ago, Ed Gingher has told anybody who would listen — even those with an eyebrow raised — that central Ohio is a burgeoning hotbed of hockey talent.

The pool of elite players has been growing for almost two decades, in fact, triggered by the proliferation of suburban hockey rinks in the area and the arrival in 2000 of the Blue Jackets as an NHL expansion team.

The math is simple: interest plus opportunity equals participation.

Greater participation — roughly 5,000 central Ohio kids play amateur hockey, vs. about 150 in the early 1990s — means better competition.

“And where there’s better competition,” Gingher said, “the talent gets better and better.”

Since 2006, the former general manager of the minor-league Dayton Bombers has run the program that oversees the best talent in central Ohio.

Gingher is program coordinator of the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets, founded eight years ago (with funding from the NHL team) to help elite players pursue their dream of playing big-time hockey.

“When you’ve got thousands of kids playing hockey, and when they’re well-coached at every level, you’re going to have some special players emerge,” Gingher said. “That’s what is happening in Columbus. It shouldn’t surprise people much longer.”

Defenseman Connor Murphy, 21, of Dublin is expected to be a regular for the Arizona Coyotes this season.

Two other central Ohio prospects — Trent Vogelhuber, 26, of Dublin (Blue Jackets) and Cole Cassels, 19, of Lewis Center (Vancouver Canucks) — are in NHL training camps. Another, 21-year-old, Sean Kuraly of Dublin, would be in camp with the San Jose Sharks if he weren’t enrolled for his junior year at Miami University.

Meanwhile, Jack Roslovic, 17, of Bexley has begun his second year with the U.S. national team development program, an elite academy in Ann Arbor, Mich., that has produced some of the best U.S.-born NHL players of the last generation. Roslovic is expected to be drafted by an NHL club next summer.

Players born and trained in Columbus have received college scholarships, been selected in the Ontario Hockey League draft — a part of the Canadian major-junior program — and signed professional contracts overseas.

“There are markets in our country where hockey is historically strong,” said Jim Johannson, executive director of USA Hockey. “But the real story of our growth in recent years is in the newly emerging areas in California, Colorado, Texas and, yes, Ohio.

“We’re seeing lots of kids from Columbus now starting to make their way onto the national and international stage. It’s one of our major success stories.”

Vogelhuber is the pioneer of the group, the first player from central Ohio to be taken in the NHL draft. The Blue Jackets selected him with the final pick — No. 211 overall — of the 2007 draft.

Murphy and Kuraly, who grew up as best friends, were part of the U.S. team that won the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

“We were really proud to be the first ones from Columbus to play there,” Kuraly said. “I’m sure some people looked at the roster and said ‘Columbus? As in Ohio?’ ”

Roslovic, who last summer began a two-year commitment with USA Hockey, is living, training and attending his final two years of high school in Ann Arbor.

The development program — which has produced such NHL stars as Chicago’s Patrick Kane, Toronto’s Phil Kessel, Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler and Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson — selects only the top 20 or so players nationwide each year. Roslovic is the first central Ohioan to be invited.

“The guys just call me ‘Columbus,’ ” he said. “They think that’s a slightly unusual place to be from if you’re a hockey player. But I keep telling them ... get used to it.”

In February, the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets won the prestigious Quebec International PeeWee Tournament for 12- and 13-year-olds. The tournament, the largest of its kind in the world, is the hockey equivalent of the Little League World Series.

“The first wave of talent — with Trent and Connor and Sean and Cole — is now ashore,” Gingher said. “And we think the waves are going to keep coming.”

Staying in Columbus

During a one-hour conversation recently, tears welled twice in Paul Donskov’s eyes.

For more than 25 years, the Westerville resident and his family have run a highly regarded hockey academy, Donskov Hockey Development.

The first tears reflected sadness, at the thought of all the players who, until a few years ago, had to join travel teams in other cities or move out of Columbus to further their hockey careers. Some gave up the dream altogether.

“You just wonder what could have been if they had a chance here in the 1980s and ’90s,” Donskov said. “But there weren’t enough good players, and there wasn’t a program to keep them growing.”

Among those born too soon was Patrick Schafer, whose parents began driving him from Hilliard to Cleveland three days a week in 1999 — he was 12 years old — so he could face better competition.

At 15, Schafer lived with a host family in Cleveland so he could play for the Cleveland Barons of the Midwest Elite Hockey League. The Ohio AAA Blue Jackets were still four years away.

Schafer was the first central Ohio-born player to be recruited by Ohio State, and he’s still being paid to play hockey for the Mississippi RiverKings of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

“But it would have been great to have an opportunity then to stay in Columbus,” Schafer said. “I’m sure my dad would have appreciated it more than anybody. He did all the driving.”

Donskov’s second wave of emotion was on the other end of the spectrum — pure joy.

The best players in the area, many of whom have been taught at his academy, now have a much more advanced, competitive environment to help them succeed.

Eighteen have committed to or accepted scholarships from Division I colleges, and scores of others have moved on to junior programs in Canada or the United States, or are playing at small colleges.

Vogelhuber would have moved to Detroit or Cleveland had the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets not formed.

“I get emotional when I think about how far we’ve come as a hockey town,” Donskov said. “When I think about the opportunities today’s kids have … to realize their dreams. This is why teachers teach and coaches coach.”

Just a generation ago, members of local elite travel teams in the area faced daunting hurdles as the programs struggled for legitimacy.

“Our kids would get up at

4 a.m. in order for us to be in Detroit around 7:30 or 8 a.m.,” said Gord Murphy, Connor’s dad, a former NHL defenseman and a current assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers.

“The only way we could get games up there was to play at those times. It was their way of keeping us in our place.”

Much has changed.

“They come to us now,” Gingher said. “We play home-and-homes with programs that, when we first started, wouldn’t leave their backyards to play us.”

Coming to Columbus

Central Ohio youths who wanted better competition used to find host families in Cleveland, Detroit or Chicago. Now, the opposite holds true.

Jerry Rosburg, an assistant coach for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, knew that his son Jerad would need to leave the Baltimore and Washington area to find better competition.

Two years ago, the Rosburgs picked Columbus and the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets, putting Jerad up with a host family for two years. Jerad plans to play one more season for Sioux City in the United States Hockey League — the U.S. equivalent of Canadian major junior — and then attend Michigan State on a scholarship.

This year, the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets will have three players from Cleveland and one each from Detroit; Washington — and Fairbanks, Alaska.

Yes, 16-year-old Cole Michealis has traveled from Alaska to play in Columbus.

“He did all the research, looked all over the place and said this is where he wants to play,” Gingher said. “Kinda nice.”

The growth in elite-level talent in central Ohio has brought other people to town, too: college recruiters, NHL agents looking for future clients, and even NHL scouts preparing for future drafts.

“There was no reason to stop here before — there was no talent playing in Columbus,” former Ohio State coach John Markell said. “Now, I get phone calls all the time from guys asking me if I’ve seen this guy or that guy.”

NHL agents have “eyes” in Columbus, just as they have had for many years in Minnesota, Michigan, Boston and upstate New York. When the “eyes” see a young player who looks special, a phone call is made.

Most agents say they won’t talk to a player’s family until the player is at least 15 years old. But of the five agents contacted by The Dispatch, four already had heard the names of Anthony Vidrick, who is 12, and his brother Andrew, who is 11. Both starred on the PeeWee team that won in Quebec.

A decade ago, the Vidricks likely would have been making plans to leave Columbus — Detroit? Cleveland? — so their sons could continue to develop.

But those days are done.

“These kids in Columbus now have grown up in a time where they go to Nationwide Arena and touch the dream,” said Anton Thun, an agent who represents NHL players Steve Mason, Dave Bolland, Shawn Thornton and others. “The infrastructure to create and develop players didn’t exist until the NHL arrived.

“If you go back 20 years, Ohio State played in that little rinky-dink, crappy arena, and that was the pinnacle of what Columbus hockey was at the time. It had so far to go, and it’s come a long way.”

@aportzline


by posted 05/06/2015
NHL Officiating Exposure Combine

Attention Midget aged Hockey Players :


NHL to host Amateur Exposure Combine to introduce individuals to Officiating 

The NHL Amateur Exposure Combine will introduce a group of young individuals to officiating. The combine will take place August 13th - 16th, 2015 at the HARBORCENTER in Buffalo, NY. The combine's focus is on Midget level hockey players ages 15-18 with no Officiating experience. 

For more information and to apply visit:http://amateur.nhlexposurecombine.com/ 


by posted 04/16/2015
Former Olympian, Chesson, joins U19 Girls Coaching Staff

The Ohio AAA Blue Jackets are pleased to announce the addition of Lisa Chesson to the U19 Girls coaching staff.  Lisa will assist Head Coach John Markell this upcoming season.

Lisa Chesson is a 2010 Olympic Silver Medalist and was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team for the 2009 International Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship, where she earned a gold medal.   Chesson was also a member of the U.S. Women’s Select Team in both the 2007 and 2008-09 seasons.   She was a member of the U.S. Under-22 Select Team for 2007 and Under-22 series with Canada, along with being a four-time USA Hockey Women’s National Festival Participant and two-time USA Hockey Player Development Camp attendee.

“Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences that will directly help our girls improve.   As a former USA Olympian, she has played at every level our girls aspire to play at.  We are very excited to have her part of our staff,” added Ed Gingher, Program Coordinator.

Chesson played four years of hockey at The Ohio State University, completing her Buckeye career after the 2007-08 season.  She tallied 27-62-89, ranking ninth in OSU’s record book and fourth among defensemen with her point total.  She tied for 10th in the NCAA among blueliners her senior year, registering .74 points a game, while also being named All-WCHA Second Team.  Chesson was selected as Third Team All-WCHA both her junior and sophomore seasons, her junior season setting career highs in goals (13), assists (24) and points (37).  She was ranked as the sixth defenseman in the nation for points per game and led the Buckeyes with a plus 17 rating.  Chesson skated in 36 games her sophomore season. 

As an Illinois native, she competed for Plainfield Central High School team from 2002-2004, also competing with the Chicago Mission Under-19 Team and Team Illinois. Chesson was the only girl selected to skate in the 2004 boy’s varsity all-star game.  She also received the 2003 Best Defenseman Award at the Chicago Showcase and 2002 Sportsman Award.  Chesson also lettered in track and field.  She recently was inducted into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014.

Ohio AAA Blue Jackets U19 Girls begin Friday, April 10th in Columbus.  Click here to register: http://leagueathletics.com/Registration/Default.asp?org=aaabluejackets.com

 


by posted 04/07/2015
Jason Tackett Commits to Ferris State

Photo Credit: Kemptville 73s

 

 

On March 12th, Ohio Blue Jacket alum and current Kemptville 73s forward, Jason Tackett committed to Ferris State for the 2016-17 season. Committing to play for a Divison 1 college hockey team was a decision to make a dream come true. "It has been my dream to play Division 1 hockey since I was very young," reflected Tackett,"I am extremely excited to be a part of such an amazing program."

After weighting the type of education and hockey program Ferris State has to offer it was easy for Tackett to make his dream a reality. "It really just felt like the right spot for me," explained Tackett,"They play my style and always compete for a WCHA and National Championship which was a big factor in making my decision."

Tackett gives the Ohio Blue Jackets and the Kemptville 73s a lot of credit for preparing him to take the leap to college hockey.

From the Ohio Blue Jackets Tackett learned how to conduct himself on and off the ice. "The main thing I learned from Coach Gingher and the rest of the program was to always conduct myself in a professional manner," said Tackett.

The Kemptville 73s have taught Tackett how to play a more intense hockey game with teammates that are older than him. "You can never take a shift off," Tackett explained,"You have to compete 100% of the time to be able to make it to the next level."

All of these things will help Tackett immensely as he furthers his career in hockey. Maybe he'll even create a new memory to file away next to his favorite Ohio Blue Jackets memory, beating the Cleveland Barons in a shootout in the district semi finals.


by posted 03/14/2015
Blake Edwards Named to Second Team All NESCAC

Photo Credit: @tuftsathletics

 

For the second season in a row Ohio Blue Jackets Alum and current Tufts Captain, Blake Edwards, was named to the second team all NESCAC. With 3 goals and 7 assists in the 2014-15 season it’s clear to see why Edwards won this prestigious award again.

Upon receiving the award Edwards felt both honored and humbled.  “It is always nice to get awards like that because it feels like a reward for the hard work you’ve done,” explained Edwards, “There are a number of guys on our team that could have gotten the award as well.”

After discussing Edwards second time career achievement, he spoke freely about game day, Tufts Hockey, and being a part of the Ohio Blue Jackets organization.  

Game Day Prep

Edwards takes game day very seriously and follows a strict regimen to get him game ready. Two hours before game time Edwards shows up to the rink and gets changed into his workout clothes. Next, he tapes and prepares his sticks for the upcoming game. When those are ready to go Edwards goes on a hunt to find the perfect place for the team to warmup. When warmups are done, Edwards heads back to the locker room and begins to put on his gear. The right piece goes on first and then the left piece. Edwards even has a specific routine for on ice warmups. “I do certain things in warmups on the ice that would probably make you think I was crazy,” he explained, “but it is all part of my routine.”

 

Choosing Tufts

Education was a huge factor in Edwards choosing to play hockey at Tufts University. “Academics was the biggest deciding factor when it came to making my decision,” explained Edwards, “Tufts has a stellar reputation when it comes to academics.”

 

What Tufts Hockey Has Taught Blake Edwards

From being a part of the Tufts Hockey organization Edwards has learned the key to personal success. His explanation of personal success may not be what you thought it would be. “Overall it (Tufts Hockey) has taught me about putting the team before yourself,” explained Edwards, “by doing that you’ll get personal success.” Simple words from a humble captain that lead to big actions.

On Ed Gingher and the OBJ Organization

Edwards spoke freely and openly about his time with the Ohio Blue Jackets. He talked about the way he was treated and how it made him feel. The things Edwards said are a consistent theme of feelings among former and current players.

“The Columbus AAA program really helped me because of the people that are in the organization. They truly care about character when it come to their teams, and that will set anyone up with a good foundation for their future. I owe a lot to Ed Gingher for everything he has done for me even after I had left the AAA organization.”

Favorite OBJ Memory

The Cleveland Barons have been the arch nemesis of the Ohio Blue Jackets since the beginning. Both organizations are constantly battling for the hearts of Ohio. So it’s no surprise that Edwards’ favorite Ohio Blue Jackets memory is when they beat the Barons at the state playoffs in triple overtime. “We had a big crowd for the game that included a bunch of our friends and family,” reflected Edwards, “so it was a lot of fun to win a game like that in front of them.”

Words of Wisdom for the Current OBJ Players

“Have trust in the organization and your coaches. The program has come so far since my time there, and players have more opportunities than anyone else in the program before them. Don’t take these opportunities for granted.”

 


by posted 03/13/2015
U18s Come Home Champions

 

The U18s headed to Blaine, Minnesota this weekend for the Tier 1 Elite Playoffs. Teams from across the country were ready to take on the infamous Ohio Blue Jackets. They wanted to prove they could beat the team who has been in the top 10 in the nation pretty much all season. Knowing they were one of the teams to beat at this tournament the Jackets brought their “A” game to Blaine.

Currently the U18 Ohio AAA Blue Jackets are headed back to Columbus with some serious hardware. The U18s are officially the Champions of the Tier 1 Elite playoffs. They went 4-1-0 for the weekend. Below is a breakdown of the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets scores. Great Job Boys!

 

Game 1 vs TPH Thunder (5-0)

  1. Joe Urbancic (Walker Sommer, Kole Sherwood)

  2. Trevor St. Jean (Cam Sangster)

  3. Kole Sherwood (Walker Sommer)

  4. Brock Rumbaugh (Carson Meyer)

  5. Trevor St. Jean (Bryan Babcock, Andrew Augustine)

 

Game 2 vs Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (1-4)

  1. Carson Meyer ( off a rebound from Mitch Perrault’s shot. )

 

Game 3 vs St. Louis Blues (3-2 OT)

  1. Brock Rumbaugh

  2. Nick Jenny

  3. Nick Jenny

 

Semi Finals vs Victory Honda (8-4 )

  1. Carson Meyers (Mitch Perrault, Nick Jenny)

  2. Mitch Perrault (Brock Rumbaugh, Carson Meyer)

  3. Walker Sommer (Carson Meyer, Kole Sherwood)

  4. Mitch Perrault (Carson Meyer, Bryan Babcock)

  5. Walker Sommer (Kole Sherwood)

  6. Brock Rumbaugh (Bryan Babcock)

  7. Zach Tyson (Cam Sangster, Trevor St. Jean)

  8. Brock Rumbaugh (Carson Meyer, Mitch Perrault)

 

Final vs Pens Elite (6-2)

  1. Trevor St. Jean (Cam Sangster, Zach Tyson)

  2. Trevor St. Jean (unassisted)

  3. Kole Sherwood (Brock Rumbaugh)

  4. Kole Sherwood (Walker Sommer)

  5. Zach Tyson

  6. Trevor St. Jean (Hat Trick)

 


by posted 02/16/2015
Kole Sherwood Commits to Boston University

 

Committing to play hockey at Boston University was a no-brainer for Kole Sherwood. "I knew it was home the second I got to campus," explained Sherwood, "I feel BU (Boston University) gives me the opportunity of reaching my ultimate goal of playing in the NHL."

Attending Boston University is more than just a path to the NHL for Sherwood. According to QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education, Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, and Newsweek, Boston University is one of the top 100 schools in the world for academics. In fact, the lowest BU was rated globally was at 78th.

When you put one of the best collegiate hockey teams in the country and one of the best academic programs in the world together it's clear why Sherwood committed to Boston University. "Overall it was the right fit for me, not just hockey wise but also academically," said Sherwood.

While at BU, Sherwood will use everything he was taught in the AAA Blue Jackets program to help guide him along the way. "Everything the coaches have taught me here I will use with me for the rest of my career," explained Sherwood, "It's like the foundation of a house, it's where I've grown and will continue to use everything every step of the way."

Sherwood is also looking forward to the relationships he will create with his future teammates. "I would say I'm looking most forward to creating a bond with the guys that you share the same goal and dream of reaching."


by posted 02/10/2015
Big Weekend For The Organization

 

 

Last weekend many of our teams came up big in their respective games.

The U18 boys swept and won the Mid Winter Classic held in Detroit. They beat the Ontario Avalanche (3-1), Hill Academy Prep (3-1), Soo Indians (4-1), Victory Honda (4-2), North Jersey Avalanche (6-2), and the Michigan Nationals (3-1). With a 47-8-0 record on the season the U18 boys hold down the number 3 spot in the nation.

The U16 boys extended their win streak to 9 games after beating their arch nemesis, the Cleveland Barons. Game one went to a thrilling shoot out that put the jackets on top, 4-3. Chase Gresock had a hat trick and scored the shoot out game winner. All of his goals were assisted by Justin Richards and Connor Pooley. In the second game, the U16 boys shutout the Barons, 4-0. Goals were scored by Alex Olschewske (Richards, Pooley), Hunter Hogue (Larbes, Reed), Chase Gresock (Richards, Pooley), and Justin Richards (Gresock). The weekends sweep moved the Jackets from 26th in the Nation to 21st.

The 2001s traveled to Chicago for the Super Series last weekend. They beat the Madison Capitals (3-1) and the Green Bay Gamblers (6-2). They ended the weekend with a loss agains the Chicago Young Americans (1-4). Currently the 2001s have a record of 25-17-5 and firmly sit at 28th in the Nation.

The Quebec bound 2002s swept the Tri State Spartans, 5-0 and 3-1. They have games this weekend in Pittsburgh and then head out on the road towards Quebec.

The 2003s were swept by the Pittsburgh Pens Elite, 1-3 and 1-5. Regardless of these losses they still sit in the top 50 across the Nation.

The 2004s finished the weekend with a record of 3-0-1. They swept Indy (3-0, 4-1), tied Tri State (4-4), and beat Tri State (5-1). This weekend the 2004s head to the Cleveland Showcase.

 


by posted 02/05/2015
2014-15 Boys Head Coaches Announced

The Ohio AAA Blue Jackets are pleased to announce the boys Head Coaches for the 2014-15 season.  Girls coaches will be announced soon.
 
U18 – Ed Gingher
U16 – Perry Ganchar
2000 – Luke Pavlas
2001 – Andrew Cassels
2002 – Jeff Christian
2003 – Todd Ehrie
2004 – Dale Jordan

 
Program Coordinator, Ed Gingher, added, “Again, I am very excited and proud of the lineup of coaches we have assembled for next season.  This is a great group of coaches who believe in the philosophies and foundations of our program.  They will help our players improve as hockey players both on and off the ice.”

Squirt Major – Bantam Major along with Girls U16 & Girls U14 tryouts are scheduled for April 12-14.  U18 and U16 Tryouts are scheduled for May 23-25.   Click on the Tryout link for all the information. To sign up for tryouts, please click:

http://leagueathletics.com/Registration/Default.asp?org=aaabluejackets.com
 

 
by posted 03/03/2014
A good read for hockey parents
http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/11/23/teaching-hockey-the-right-way-focus-on-skills-proper-instruction-start-slow-then-go-fast/

 
by posted 01/10/2014
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