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Meet our Coaches

The New Jersey ICEDOGS 2018 - 2019 Coaches

Anthony Comanto - Midget 18U White

Anthony joins the ICEDOGS with a wealth of experience coaching and playing several sports. However,  it is his love of hockey and desire to work with the High School level players that brings him to the NJ ICEDOGS. He has been and remains an active member supporting the North Jersey Roller Hockey League. Anthony understand what it takes to take a group of hockey players and turn them into a hockey team. His focus on core values, team play and disciplined player positioning will guide our team as we continue to prepare for the season as well as play at the High School Level.

Bryan Lotto, Midget 18U Blue

Bryan Lotto developed a love of the game at an early age and spent countless hours competing in youth and adult ice and roller hockey leagues. He has been coaching for more than 10 years with: the Pearl River Pirates, Ramapo Saints, and for the past several years the NJ ICEDOGS. As an experienced Level Three USA Hockey certified instructor, Bryan is a believer that maximizing player’s intelligence, will and determination are the ultimate foundations of achieving improved levels of play.  His training philosophy focuses on skating and skill development but most importantly, maintaining a positive environment conducive to players loving to learn the game.

Todd Johnson, Midget 16U Blue

Mr. Johnson is a Level 4 certified coach with experience coaching teams from A to AAA. His previous affiliations are with the Mid Fairfiled Youth Hockey Program from 2001 to 2010 and more recently the NJ Avalanche. Mr. Johnson has an impressive background as a player, having played with 
Boston University from 1977 to 1981(1978 National Champions), The 
Springfield Indians (AHL NY Ranger affiliate) 
1981 to 1982, the US National Team from 1982 to 1983 and 
Jyvaskyla Finland / Vipiteno Italy in 1985 and 1986. There is no doubt that Mr. Johnson will bring our players the much needed insight to succeed with the ICEDOGS as well as with their high school programs. 

Jean-Luc Chaubard - Midget 16U White

A skilled player and coach Jean-Luc has worked with kids from Mites all the way through High School.  As a member of  the LA Kings organization he organized and ran youth skill clinics and camps through their fan development program. Jean-Luc is highly motivated, and effective coach who will use his unique skill set to ensure that our players are at their best as they transition from Bantam to Midget Hockey.

Mike Galvin, Bantam White

Mr. Galvin has coached with the ICEDOGS at the Peewee and Bantam level for more than 8 years. He has masterfully guided teams to multiple league and tournament championships, always finding a way get the most out of the team when the big game was on the line. Mike brings a strong hockey background focused on fundamentals, team play and discipline both on and off the ice. He is best known for his motivational skills, ability to develop players of all skill sets and his professionalism. We are glad to have Mike back as he consistently brings out the best in his players and is an excellent representative of what the ICEDOGS are all about.

Dan Murphy, Bantam Blue

Dan Murphy comes to the ICEDOGS with over 30 years of coaching and player experience. He has played 4 years of Division 3 college hockey and has coached at various age levels including several years with Dumont Roller Hockey. Dan coached with us in 2016 - 17 and quickly established himself with the players and parents by sharing his wealth of hockey knowledge, positive teaching style and professionalism behind the bench. We are happy to have Dan back with the ICEDOGS and look forward to another great year.

Jon Jones - PeeWee

Jon Jones has long roots with the NJ ICEDOGS. In addition to being a former player, he was a part of a very special group who were the first team to have donned an ICEDOG Jersey. Jon went on to play travel hockey and high school hockey and has coaching experience with local teams. He is a strong communicator whose love and enthusiasm for the game can only be compared to his compassion and willingness to see the kids succeed. Jon, welcome home!

Mark Schaefer, Squirts

Mark played hockey for 14 years, with 11 of those as an NJ ICEDOG. Mark was a four year varsity player at River Dell High School as well as team captain his senior year. He was an assistant coach for the River Dell Farm team and is a USA Hockey Certified referee. Mark is new to coaching with the ICEDOGS, however his father James Schaefer was once an ICEDOG coach and his mom Felicity a Board Member. We welcome Mark, and look forward to a great season.

Erik Echeverria, Mites 

Erick is a lifelong hockey fan and player at Fair Lawn High School. Erick continues to play in adult leagues and has turned his attention to giving back through coaching. Erick’s coaching experience includes assisting with the Fair Lawn Clinic, coaching with the Ice Dogs Mites regular season and spring Clinic. Erick will stress the fundamentals of hockey, as well as team work, discipline and most of all developing a love for the game. Erik is a large part of why our Mite program has been so successful.