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Hreschuk, Murchison honored to join NTDP

By Brian McDonough 04/24/2019, 5:00pm PDT

Aidan Hreschuk and Ty Murchison started playing hockey together with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings as Squirts. Now the gifted defensemen are off to play together at the prestigious U.S. National Team Development Program.


Jack Bowkus - Head BNAAA1 2005 / Assistant MDAAA 18U

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.

Jack Bowkus

Nicholas Vachon - Assistant BNAAA 2005 / MDAAA 18U

Head Coach Peewee AAA 2005

Coach Vachon has been working with this AAA 2005 birth year team for the past six years. His group is talented, hard working and posses an extremely high skill level. Their hard work, focus and determination has helped them become and elite team in North America and nationally ranked for the past 3 seasons.  

Coach Vachon was born in Montreal but raised in Southern California. After attending prep school in New England, coach Vachon played two seasons at Boston University before leaving early for the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks. He then enjoyed a six year professional career playing for teams in the ECHL, International Hockey League as well as the American Hockey League. In 1996-97 coach Vachon played his first and only game in the NHL for the New York Islanders. 

Coach Vachon has nearly 18 years coaching experience all with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings and in 2016-17 he was hired by the Los Angeles Jr Kings as General Manager of Hockey Operations.

Nicholas Vachon

Phone: (310) 709-1738

Chase Souto - Head Coach AAA 18U / Assistant AAA 16U

The Los Angeles Jr. Kings are excited to introduce Chase Souto as the new incoming head coach for the Midget 18UAAA team for the 2019-20 season. Chase has been an integral part of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings hockey club for the past several years as a not only a coach on several of our Tier teams including the Peewee Quebec champions this past year but and as assistant General Manager of the organization for the past three years. Chase is currently one of the principle scouts for Kamloops Blazers for the western region including all of California, Washington, Phoenix and Nevada.

California born and raised, Chase played his youth hockey here including several years for the Jr. Kings program before going to Kamploops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. Chase spent 3 years as a fan favorite in the Kamloops Blazers organization before retiring early due of concussion issues. Knowing he had a lot to give and ready for the next chapter in his hockey career Chase joined the Los Angeles Jr. Kings coaching staff in 2015. 

The Los Angeles Jr. Kings have tanken great time and care to select the coaches for our upcoming 2019-2020 season. We are convinced that this year’s crop of coaches are undoubtedly the finest coaching staff ever assembled by our club and are recognized on a nationally competitive level. Each of our coaches have been hand-picked based on their credentials, experience, exuberance and commitment to the development of our Los Angeles Jr. King players.

The primary focus of our coaches will be on individual skills development, offer a beginner to advanced hockey curriculum from Mites to Midgets while foster growth and guidance for all of our players that are looking to move to the next level.

Chase Souto