HOCKEY OPERATIONS

Hockey Operations

 

TYLER RENNETTE

Head Coach / GM
trennette@jrblues.com
309.214.5099

Head Coach and General Manager Tyler Rennette is entering his fourth season in his current position and fifth season overall with the Jr. Blues. He has led the team to two playoff berths and over 40 players have moved on to NCAA programs during his tenure.

Tyler has a wealth of knowledge to relay and takes every opportunity to teach our players, both on and off the ice. His passion for the game is an invaluable asset and his experience is unequaled among his peers.

Before becoming the HC/GM of the Jr. Blues, Tyler spent the 2016-17 season as the Assistant Coach under then-Head Coach Tony Zasowski. Prior to that he had spent two seasons as the Head Coach of the Peoria Mustangs (NA3HL) compiling a record of 55-31-8.

Drafted 2nd overall in the 1996 OHL draft by the North Bay Centennials, Tyler spent four seasons in the OHL between North Bay and Erie notching 77 goals and 189 points in 177 games. Drafted 40th overall in the 1997 NHL entry draft by the St. Louis Blues, he enjoyed a nine-year professional career before retiring in 2011. He led the Peoria Rivermen in goals in 2003 with 42 and in 2004 with 31.

Tyler currently lives in Dunlap, IL with his wife, Julie, sons, Owen & Ryder, and daughter, Stella.

 

TODD POCOCKE

Assistant Coach
tpococke@jrblues.com
989.996.0356

Todd Pococke is starting his second season with the Jr. Blues after joining the staff at the beginning of the 2019-20 NAHL season. Prior to his time here in Springfield, he had spent six seasons as the Head Coach of the Florida Jr. Blades of the USPHL. Todd helped his team to two championships, one runner-up finish, and six consecutive playoff appearances while also serving as the Facility Director for the training facility within the Jr. Blades arena. In addition to his role with the Jr. Blades, Todd was also the Head of Strength and Conditioning for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

Todd has brought a fresh pair of eyes and ideas to our organization both on and off the ice. His experience as a winning coach while with the Jr. Blades has helped to bring back a winning culture to the most storied franchise in the NAHL.

Todd brings with him not only experience as a junior hockey coach, but experience as a player in the NAHL as well. Todd played for the St. Louis Bandits during their 2006-07 Robertson Cup Championship season alongside Jr. Blues alum and Head Scout Kyle O’Kane and future NHLer Patrick Maroon. Following his championship in St. Louis, Todd played four years at Ferris State University before graduating in 2011 and suited up in briefly for the Everblades (ECHL).

Todd and his wife Andrea are recently married (April 2018) and have just relocated to Springfield from Florida.

 

Kyle O’Kane

Head Scout
okane@jrblues.com

Kyle O’Kane is entering his second season as Head Scout with the Jr. Blues. Kyle began coaching in 2015 and is currently the Hockey Director, 13U Head Coach, and 18U Assistant Coach for CarShield AAA. O’Kane’s playing career made stops in the NAHL, USHL, NCAA, SPHL, CHL, and ECHL.

Kyle played parts of three seasons in the NAHL: one here with the Jr. Blues and two with the St. Louis Bandits. He was a member of two Robertson Cup Championship teams with the Bandits and was named the Robertson Cup MVP in 2008. Kyle was drafted by the Lincoln Stars of the USHL in 2006 and appeared in 37 games for them. After his junior career ended, Kyle played four seasons for Western Michigan University and was part of their 2012 CCHA Championship team.

After the NCAA, Kyle played three professional seasons split between the SPHL, CHL, and ECHL. He had two stints with the Tulsa Oilers, one while the team was in the CHL and one while they were in the ECHL. He also played for the St. Charles Chill in the CHL and for the Louisiana IceGators in the SPHL.

Kyle now lives in St. Louis, MO with his wife, Katy. While a member of the Jr. Blues, Kyle attended high school at SHS during the 2005-06 season.

 

Dave Jonas

Eastern Scout
djonas@jrblues.com

Dave is entering his first year with the Jr Blues. In 2020 Dave served as the New England scout for Kansas City of the NAHL. Previously he was the strength & conditioning and assistant coach for varsity hockey at Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, CT. Dave also served as a strength coach for the hockey teams at South Kent Selects Academy.

Dave co-owns and operates Body Focus Performance, a strength and conditioning gym in Harrison, NY. After receiving a bachelor’s degree of music from McGill University, Dave completed his Poliquin International Certification Program (PICP) Level II and has been strength training elite athletes since 2015. Dave resides is Stamford, CT with his Wife Keren and daughter Anaël.

 

Chris Flaugher

St. Louis Scout
cflaugher@jrblues.com

Chris grew up playing hockey for the Affton Americans in St. Louis, Mo. After youth hockey he played four years of junior hockey for the St. Louis Jr. Blues. After his junior hockey career ended, Chris went on to play NCAA DIII hockey for St. Mary’s University of MN.

Upon graduating from college, Chris returned back to St. Louis and began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the St. Louis Jr. Blues and was a part of 3 U.S.A Hockey Jr. B National Championship teams. After spending three years as an assistant coach, Chris was a head coach for the Affton Americans CSDHL hockey program coaching mostly at the U16 and U18 levels. In 2013 his U18 team won a USA Hockey National Championship.

After the 2013 season, Chris named the Head Coach and General Manger for the St. Louis Jr. Blues and would spend the next eight season in that position. Chris stepped down after the completion of the 2021 season to coach his son’s 2011 St. Louis Eagles CSDHL team.

Tyler Carlston

Minnesota Scout
tcarlston9@gmail.com

Tyler grew up in Apple Valley, MN eventually playing high school hockey for the Eagles. Following his time at Apple Valley, Tyler spent two seasons playing ACHA hockey for Minnesota State Mankato before his departure to Florida. While in Florida Tyler spent seven seasons as Head or Assistant coach of the Florida Jr Blades. During his tenure the Jr Blades captured two National Championships, one runner up finish, and multiple division titles. Tyler also assisted with the Florida Everblades-ECHL strength and conditioning program along with training multiple professional players during summer on and off ice training.

Tyler has since returned home to Minnesota with his fiancé Stephanie and currently serves as an assistant coach at Apple Valley High School.

 

Mike Swanson

Minnesota/Wisconsin Scout
mswanson@jrblues.com

Mike grew up in Albert Lea, MN and played for his high school team before finishing his senior year with the Austin Mavericks of the USHL. He then went on to play four years at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, an NCAA DIII program.

Mike now lives in Sun Prairie, WI and has been an elementary and middle school teacher for the past 24 years. His coaching career started with the Madison Capitols AAA organization when he coached his son’s ’99 birth year team for six years and  then he served as head coach of the U16 team his last four years with the organization. Many of the players that he coached throughout the years have moved onto junior and college hockey, both at the Division I and III levels.

In the last three years he has spent time following his son’s journey through the NAHL while helping scout for the Jr. Blues the past two seasons. He has taken in hundreds of junior and high school hockey games as both a parent and as a scout.