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Recent Midget 18U AAA News

Registration open for Carmen Starr Classic

By Brian McDonough 02/20/2019, 3:30pm PST

Registration is open for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings-hosted Carmen Starr Memorial Day Classic, which will be showcased from May 24-27, 2019 at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. The event is widely considered the premier spring tournament on the West Coast.

  • Burke named Big Ten First Star of the Week

  • By Brian McDonough 02/19/2019, 7:45pm PST
  • Former Los Angeles Jr. King Nathan Burke was named the Big Ten First Star of the Week for the week ending Feb. 17 after tallying four points in the University of Minnesota's two-game sweep over Ohio State University.
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Barry Dreger - Head Coach Midget AAA 18U

Barry Dreger, who served as an assistant on the Jr. Kings’ 18U AAA and 16U AAA Major teams in 2014-15, played three seasons of Major Junior in the Western Hockey League (WHL) before embarking on an 11-year professional career in the American Hockey League (AHL), International Hockey League (IHL) and ECHL.

A Winnipeg native, Dreger, who joined the Jr. Kings’ staff last season, was also a successful coach in the American Collegiate Hockey Association with Kennesaw State University where he led the team to a national tournament appearance in 2012.

Barry Dreger

Jack Bowkus - Head BNAAA2 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

Chase Souto - Assistant Coach AAA 18U / 14U / BN AAA 05

The Los Angeles Jr. Kings have taken great time and care to select the Coaches for our upcoming 2017-2018 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

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