One of the most prominent youth coaches in Southern California, Jeff Turcotte boasts am impressive resume that includes 16 California Amateur Hockey Association state championships, eight Pacific District titles and six trips to the USA Hockey National Championships where he’s twice led his team to a gold medal.
Turcotte, who began his coaching career 17 years ago with the Pasadena Maple Leafs, also coached with the California Wave and LA Hockey Club/LA Selects programs before joining the Jr. Kings in 2012. Over the years, he’s helped develop a number of professional, NCAA and high-level junior standouts.
A co-founder of the Wave, Turcotte helped guide a team that included defenseman Jonathan Blum, who went on to become the first California-born-and-trained player to be selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft (23rd overall by the Nashville Predators in 2007), to runner-up finishes at the USA Hockey National Championships at the Midget AAA and Bantam AAA levels. The team proved victorious at a prestigious international Bantam tournament in Kamloops, British Columbia, in 2004.
His gold medals at the USA Hockey National Championships came at the Bantam AAA levels in 2003 with the Wave and 2006 with the LA Selects.