One of the most experienced and respected youth hockey coaches in all of North America, Jack Bowkus has been a fixture in the Southern California coaching circles for 20 years. Between the California Wave and Jr. Kings programs, he’s guided his teams to a number of California Amateur Hockey Association state and Pacific District regional championships, along with a handful of trips to the USA Hockey National Championships, where his teams have finished runner-up three times.
Along the way, the Michigan native has helped mentor and develop countless Southern Californians who’ve moved on to play professional, NCAA and high-level junior hockey. A former skills development coach with the Dallas Stars for 11 years, Bowkus continues to work with NHL, NCAA and high-level junior players in the offseason.
Bowkus, who served as head coach of the United States Hockey League’s Indiana Ice during the 2005-06 season, played four years of Major Junior with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League before embarking on a pro career that took him to the International Hockey League and ECHL. He also played six seasons in Europe.