Mites

Pat Pellegrino

Coach Pat will be returning as the Bears Mite Head Coach for the 2018-19 season.  Pat has been an integral part of the Mite program for years in Flemington and dozens of his former players have worked their way up to A and AA teams.  This past season, Coach Pat’s Mite team won the Thanksgiving Weekend Tournament Championship in Washington D.C.

Squirt B

Mike Petersen

Coach Mike will be following most of his team into squirts this coming year. He coached his first travel team with the developmental mites this past year and coached the team through a strong season with success in each tournament they played. Mike Petersen has coached for 12 years and is a level 4 certified coach. He has worked as a developmental hockey coach at all age levels. He has coached the FYHL for the past 6 years. In that time they have won the Atlantic District Robert Sullo invitational In house tournament twice at the Pee Wee division, in 2016 and then again in 2017. 

Squirt A

Jason Filep

Jason Filep has been coaching hockey for the past 11 seasons. For the past two years he has been part of the Hunterdon Bears organization. This past season, his Squirt A team captured Silver in the NJYHL Playoffs and also qualified for both the EJ and NJYHL playoff by finishing second in each league.  They were also a finalist in the Congressional Cup in Washington DC.  During the 2016-2017 season Jason was an assistant coach with the Pee Wee B Hunterdon Bears team who reached the NJYHL State Playoffs. Jason was an Assistant Coach with the Hunterdon Central 2018 State Championship team and has been an Assistant Coach for the last six years at Hunterdon Central.  Hunterdon Central won the Skyland Tournament Cup in 2017 and have earned six straight state playoff appearances.  Jason started coaching in 2006 at Watchung Hills Regional High School.  He coached the team that won the Van Cott Cup and had a State Finals appearance during the 2007-2008 season. 

Pee Wee B

John Turkynak

Coach John will be the Head Coach for the Pee Wee B team for the 2018-19 season. Coach John helped lead the Bantam A team that won the NJYHL Central Division and was the #1 overall seed for the NJYHL Playoffs before becoming the first ever team from Flemington and the Hunterdon Bears to win the Atlantic District Tournament Championship. John is a Level 4 USA Hockey Certified Coach and has been coaching youth hockey in Flemington for the past 10 years. He has been a head coach or assistant coach at every level from Mite to Midget. He has also been a Head Coach with the Hunterdon Central Junior Red Devils Middle School program for the past four years, helping guide players that have become a part of the successful 2018 Hunterdon Central Red Devils JV and Varsity Teams. He looks forward to continuing the development of our young athletes at all ages.

Pee Wee AA

Paul Cavanaugh

Coach Paul will be moving back to coach Peewees for the 2018-19 season after leading the Pee Wee A Bears to a 48-5-8 record with Championships at the Hershey and Pittsburgh Holiday Tournaments.  The team also finished with the regular season with the #1 overall seed for the NJYHL Playoffs, clinching the Central Division with a 22-0-2 record and finishing with Bronze at the State Playoff Tournament.  The Bears Pee Wee A team became the first team ever from Flemington to advance to the Atlantic District Tournament, where they finished in 2nd place to cap an incredible season.  Paul has been coaching youth hockey for the past seven seasons and has been the Head Coach at Hunterdon Central for the past six years.  He is a Level 4 USA Hockey Certified Coach.  More details on Paul in the section below.

Bantam B

Tony Piscotta

Coach Tony Piscotta returned to coaching travel hockey this past winter.  He was the head coach for the Bears bantam B team that finished third in the NJYHL North Division and was an assistant coach with the Bears Midget 16A team.  He also teaches in the Flemington Ice Arena summer camps and with the FYHL and limited travel programs.  He studied coaching and sports management at the Finnish Sports Institute in Vierumaki, Finland; coaching in the Heinola Peliitat and Kiekko Reippas (Lahti) clubs.  He spent two seasons as the U16 A/AA Head Coach for the Lawrence Flames.  Coach Tony has coached for over 25 years at the Peewee, Bantam and Midget levels as well as coaching high school hockey at Hamilton West, Princeton (boys and girls), Princeton Day School (girls and middle school) and Nottingham.  He is also the game-day coordinator of the Liberty Bell Games prospect tournament.  

Bantam A

Michael Murphy

Mike Murphy has been an instrumental figure with hockey in Flemington for the past decade. Coach Mike has coached every age group from Mites through Midgets and is also an Assistant Coach at Hunterdon Central. The Red Devils won the school’s first ever Public A State Championship in 2018 while earning the #2 seed in the State Tournament.
Coach Mike is a Level 4 Certified Coach with USA Hockey and this past season was the Head Coach for the Hunterdon Bears Pee Wee A team. Coach Mike helped lead them to an overall record of 42-10-0-2, 2nd place in the NJYHL Central Division with a record of 24-4, an NJYHL Playoff berth, and a Washington Congressional Cup Pee Wee A Tournament Championship. The team also earned the 5th seed in the EJEPL play-offs with a 12-4 record

Bantam AA

Ron Pace

Coach Ron has been coaching youth hockey since 2001.  He is a current level 4 USA Hockey certified coach. Ron has coached at every level from Squirt to 18AA and has been fortunate to coach with and learn from some of the best hockey coaches, both youth and NHL, along the way.  Ron has coached with the Phillipsburg Ice Hockey Club (middle school), The Somerset Hills Ice Hockey Club (middle school, current), the Bridgewater Bears, the Protec Ducks and most recently with the Hunterdon Bears.  Coach Ron understands the value of hard work, and focuses on player development with the goal of getting the players ready for the next level, in a fun and positive atmosphere. This year, Ron was the Head Coach for the Bears Bantam A team that won the NJYHL Central Division and was the #1 overall seed for the NJYHL Playoffs before becoming the first ever team from Flemington and the Hunterdon Bears to win the Atlantic District Tournament Championship.  Coach Ron will be at the helm again in 2018-19 for the Hunterdon Bears first ever Bantam AA team.

16 A

Tony Piscotta

Tony Piscotta

Coach Tony Piscotta returned to coaching travel hockey this past winter.  He was the head coach for the Bears bantam B team that finished third in the NJYHL North Division and was an assistant coach with the Bears Midget 16A team.  He also teaches in the Flemington Ice Arena summer camps and with the FYHL and limited travel programs.  He studied coaching and sports management at the Finnish Sports Institute in Vierumaki, Finland; coaching in the Heinola Peliitat and Kiekko Reippas (Lahti) clubs.  He spent two seasons as the U16 A/AA Head Coach for the Lawrence Flames.  Coach Tony has coached for over 25 years at the Peewee, Bantam and Midget levels as well as coaching high school hockey at Hamilton West, Princeton (boys and girls), Princeton Day School (girls and middle school) and Nottingham.  He is also the game-day coordinator of the Liberty Bell Games prospect tournament.  

U16 AA

Fred Simard

Fred has coached hockey for over 10 years, in Tiers I, II and Squirt through U18.  Fred brings his knowledge and experience of the game from his years of playing in Junior Midget AAA in Canada where he is from, and was on the winning team of a World Cup at the age of 17 before retiring due to a back injury.  Fred’s coaching style is about developing all of his players, with focus on team-play, puck movement and decision making.

Midget U18 A

Harald Oekinghaus

Harald has been coaching youth hockey for over 10 years, coaching teams from Squirts to Midgets with several NJYHL playoff appearances.  Most recently he has been coaching Midget teams developing players for a successful transition to high school hockey.  He thoroughly enjoys the game of hockey and can still be found playing with several other coaches at various rinks.  As a coach he brings that passion for the sport to practice working to ensure players develop, learn and continue to grow their enjoyment of the game. Harald is a USAH Level 5 coach.

Midget U18 AA

Jeff Gorman

Jeff Gorman has been coaching youth hockey in the atlantic district for 20+ years.  He has coached all levels of teams from mites through AAA midget.    In addition to coaching the Bears Midget AA team, Jeff is the Director of Hockey Operations for the Essex Hunt Club in Peapack, NJ.  Coach Gorman’s focus is on helping players to develop both their individual skills and their understanding of team concepts. Coach Gorman played high school hockey for Delbarton in the mid 1980’s and went on to play college hockey at Division III ECAC Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME.  Additionally, Coach Gorman holds a USA Hockey Level 5 Master Coach certification.  Coach Gorman’s expectations are simple in that players should give an honest effort, have a team mindset, be good teammates, respect coaches, opponents and referees and always compete hard.  This will be Coach Jeff’s third season as the Hunterdon Bears 18AA Head Coach.

Power Skating

Dave Errickson

Coach Dave is a USA Hockey level 4 certified coach. After spending six year in the United States Navy, he coached at the Midget level for over ten years at Mennen arena. In addition, he has coached with the Flemington Hawks, New Jersey Freeze and Hunterdon Bears at Flemington Ice Arena. He is most passionate about player development and teaching power skating skills from beginner to elite levels. A student of Laura Stamm Power Skating in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Dave has brought his power skating training to Flemington to better serve our young players.
Speed, power and efficiency … three components essential to every player’s skating. Coach Dave will be working with each Hunterdon Bears team and player for the 2018-19 season to constantly improve their skating technique.  

Skills

Gary Deisher 

Coach Gary will be back in multiple roles for the Bears during the 2018-19 season.  Gary will be working as the Skills coach for the program, introducing specific skill drills for fundamentals and more advanced players.  Gary will also be an Assistant Coach for the U16AA and U18AA Midget teams.  Gary has been the Head Coach for the Bantam A and U16 A teams the past two seasons.

Hockey Director

Paul Cavanaugh

Coach Paul is the Hockey Director for the Hunterdon Bears Hockey Club.  In the two seasons the Hunterdon Bears have been in Flemington, the Bears have accumulated 14 Holiday Tournament Championships along with 10 Silvers.  8 teams have reached the NJYHL Playoffs with three NJYHL Division Titles and 2 NJYHL Championship Finalists.  In the first season of competing in the EJEPL, the Squirt A and Pee Wee A teams both made the playoffs in addition to making the NJYHL Playoffs.  The Bears have sent a team to the Atlantic District Tournament in consecutive years.  The Bears Bantam A1 team became the first Hunterdon Bears team to win the Atlantic District Tournament Championship.

Coach Paul’s Pee Wee A team reached the Atlantic District Championship game in 2017, taking home 2nd place to cap off a 48-5-8 season.  Coach Paul led a mostly first year Bantam A team to an over .500 season in 2017-18 as many of those players will move on to Bantam AA this coming year.

Coach Paul is also the Head Coach for the Hunterdon Central Red Devils Varsity hockey team, serving in that role for the past six seasons.  Paul has accumulated a record of 80-54-25, including a 17-9 record in playoff games.  Hunterdon Central won their first ever Skyland Tournament Championship in 2017, defeating #1 seed Ridge 2-1 in overtime.  The Red Devils won the NJSIAA Public A State Title in 2018, the first in school history.  Coach Paul was also awarded the NJ.com Boys Ice Hockey Coach of the Year for the 2017-18 season.

Paul continues to dedicate himself to all of the hockey programs in Flemington and will ensure the Bears program fosters a safe and fun environment for players of all ages and skill levels to grow and develop.  Coach Paul is a big believer that you can have a great family first environment and at the same time a highly competitive program from top to bottom.

Paul will also continue to oversee and lead the goaltenders in the program, as he has done the previous three seasons.  This coming year, there will be more goalie coaches involved and more individual goaltender training for all Bears goalies.