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.
Longtime Los Angeles Jr. Kings coach Jack Bowkus, who passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, proved monumental helping shape California’s youth hockey landscape into what it is today. 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.
JD grew up playing youth hockey here in Southern California before moving on to play two seasons in the USHL, first the Des Moines Buccaneers (2010-11) then the Tri-City Storm (2011-12) ... dressed in 46 games for the Buccaneers, collecting four assists for four points ... played in 55 games for the Storm, scoring two goals and dishing 12 assists for 14 points ... named alternate captain for the Tri-City Storm.
In his senior year JD appeared in 27 games ... tallied one assist for one point ... one of two alternate captains for the Nanooks ... started in the first game of the year against Arizona State on Oct. 10 ... recorded first assist/point of the season in 3-2 win over Alaska-Anchorage on Mar. 5 to clinch the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup ... Alaska's Preseason Testing Overall Strongman winner ... WCHA All-Academic Team selection.
Personal Highlights: Three-time WCHA All-Academic Team selection | Four-time Brice Alaska Goal Rush champion | Four-time Alaska Airlines | Governor's Cup winner | 2014 Kendall Classic Champion | 2015-16 | Preseason Testing Overall Strongman winner