No stranger to success as a coach in Southern California, James Gasseau has guided three Jr. Kings teams to USA Hockey national championships at the Midget 16U AAA, Bantam AAA and Pee Wee AAA levels. As president and a coach with the LA Hockey Club/LA Selects program, he brought six of his teams to nationals.
With over 30 years experience as a coach and skills instructor, Gasseau, from Quebec, has also guided a number of his teams to California Amateur Hockey Association and Pacific District regional championships and twice led his club to prestigious Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament titles.
In addition, he led Team California (Chicago High School Showcase) and a 1984 birth-year Pacific District team (USA Hockey Select Festival in Ann Arbor, Mich.) to their first gold-medal championships while mentoring plenty of professional, NCAA and high-level junior players along the way.
A scout for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Drummondville Voltigeurs - the team with whom he played three years of Major Junior - Gasseau also educates players regarding their junior and college hockey opportunities through his vast network of coaches and scouts after coaching two-plus decades of AAA within USA Hockey.
Gasseau also played professionally for the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans as well as Canada’s National Team.