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.
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.
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.