Head Coach / GM
Head Coach and General Manager Tyler Rennette is entering his third season in his current position and fourth season overall with the Jr. Blues. He has led the team to two consecutive playoff berths and nearly 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 CoachTony 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, Rennette 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, Rennette 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.
Rennette currently lives in Dunlap, IL with his wife, Julie, sons, Owen & Ryder, and daughter, Stella.
Todd Pococke joins the Jr. Blues coaching staff after he spent the last 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 will bring 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 will help 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 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 five games for the Everblades (ECHL) in the last few seasons.
Todd and his wife Andrea are recently married (April 2018) and have just relocated to Springfield from Florida.
Kyle O’Kane will be joining the Jr. Blues hockey operations staff this season as Head Scout. Kyle began coaching in 2015 and is currently the Hockey Director, 13U Head Coach, and 18U Assistant Coach for CarShield AAA. O’Kane 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.