Passionate About Inspiring Others
John has coached and helped prepare 12 first round NHL draft picks was named coach of the year on Five (5) occasions and numerous all-star nominations. He has held the position of recruiter for the NHL St.Louis Blues. Was instrumental in building the Nashville Knights (ECHL) later replaced by the NHL Nashville Predator team, and Macon Whoopee (CHL). He was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and holds the distinction of being the first black Head Coach/GM in the history of Midget AAA, junior and/or professional hockey.
John holds a masters in Sports Psychology, My Specialties and Proficiencies, Cognitive & Behavioral Skills Training for Improved Performance Enhancement, Specializations in Human Behavioural Patterns, Diversity Training, Substance Abuse, Employee/Employer relations (sexual harassment) Team Building - Mental Conditioning. He holds a level four USA hockey coaching certificate and an 11 Advanced (5) Canadian Coaching Certificate.
He has attended courses at a multiple Universities, including Sir Georges Williams, York, Toronto, Saskatoon, Calgary, Montreal, Peps, McGill, Windsor, Acadia, UBC, San Jose, London etc.
In addition, John has traveled across North America and Europe to run a wide variety of elite level hockey players.
Assistant coach - Sorel Black Hawks - LHJMQ
Director Operation Hockey - Sorel Survenants Junior A
Head Coach/VP - Richelieu Riverains - Midget AAA
Head Coach - Lac St.Louis Lions - Midget AAA
Head Coach - Trois Rivière Draveurs – LHJMQ (QMJHL)
Head Coach/Gm – Granby Bison’s – LHJMQ (QMJHL)
Head Coach/Vp/Gm - Macon Whoopee CHL
Head Coach/Gm – Vancouver seals – FHL
(Federal Professional Hockey League)
Head Coach - Laval Chiefs (Quebec Professional League)
Head Coach/Gm – U-17 (Canada)
Head Coach/Gm – U-18 (Canada)
Head Coach/Assistant Director – IMG Academies – Florida division
Director on Ice (Head Coach) Skate with the Pros – Mario Lemieux
St. Louis Blues – Recruiter
Tampa Bay Lightning –
Head coach/assistant GM/Director Atlanta Knights
(IHL Affiliate) Turner Cup Champions
Nashville Knights (Atlanta Knights ECHL Affiliate) Player evaluation and designation.
Montreal Canadians – Special assignments
New York Rangers – Special assignments
Chicago Blackhawks – Special assignments