Announcing the 2019/20 CZHA Coaching Appointments, News (Clarington Zone Hockey)

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Announcing the 2019/20 CZHA Coaching Appointments
Submitted By Nicole Schoonderbeek on Friday, February 15, 2019
The CZHA is pleased to announce the 2019/20 coaching appointments. We are proud of the breadth of experience and talent that our coaches will bring to the next season. We would also like to take this opportunity to again thank all coaching applicants this year; we hope everyone will continue to bring their skills to the organization for our most successful season to date.

Click the Read More link to see the 2019/20 coaches and their bios.


Jamie is a new coach to the CZHA, and comes with 13 years of coaching experience with the Clarington Minor Hockey Association, Clarington Recreational Hockey League, Blackstock Minor Hockey League, and the Central Ontario Secondary School Association. His philosophy is that players need to concentrate on skill development, cognitive development, teamwork, and, most of all, fun.

Jamie looks forward to working with the CZHA on the novice program and is an excellent candidate to help guide our association through the changes that are currently under consideration by the OMHA.  Jamie plans to create an environment that will help our players “create a lifelong love of hockey.”


Jeremy is currently an assistant coach with the Toros AAA novice team, and is looking forward to continuing on with this team next season. He has worked with AAA teams, coaches, and players as a professional development coach for more than 20 years and will bring this breadth of experience to the CZHA. Jeremy has been coaching and training minor, junior, collegiate, and professional hockey payers across Canada for over 20 years. He is a High Performance Level 2 certified coach and a national skills coach with Hockey Canada.

Jeremy lives in Bowmanville with his wife and two children, and is an active member in the community. He is “excited to remain a part of the CZHA and is looking forward to another successful season in 2019/20.”


Jason has been coaching with the Clarington Toros organization as head coach for the past three seasons. He is a graduate of the Toros organization, capturing two OMHA titles and an OHF Provincial Championship as a young player. Drafted into the OHL by the Guelph Storm, he played four seasons including winning an OHL Championship and attending two memorial cups. In 1996, he attended the NHL Chicago Blackhawks training camp. Jason’s journey also included four years in the CIAU/OUA for the Guelph Gryphons Men’s Varsity Team. During his first year he was selected to play in the world university games for team Canada, capturing a bronze medal by beating Russia 5-3. After schooling, Jason played two seasons in the ECHL for the Bakersfield Condors. Coach Jason is a student of the game and has been coached by some of the great hockey minds over his career, including George Burnett, E.J. McGuire and former NHLer Craig Hartsburg.

Jason is excited to be joining the Zone program to “share his passion and love for the game.”


Darren is returning as the head coach for the 2008 players. He has 20 years of experience coaching all levels of minor hockey (house league to AAA minor midget) and was previously the head coach of the Port Perry Mojack Jr. C Hockey Club. His team’s accomplishments include winning an OMHA title last year with the 2008 AA Clarington Toros. Darren also served as the general manager of hockey operations for the Clarington Minor Hockey Association for the past 7 years. In this role, he was responsible for coach and player development for 21 teams. Darren played hockey in the Oshawa Minor hockey system, graduating to the Oshawa Legionnaire Jr. B team and Port Perry Mojack Jr. C team.

Darren is married, and has two boys (now in their twenties). He is “very excited to bring a coaching staff that has been together for a number of years. Together, we look forward to another exciting year of hockey with the 2008 age group! Go Toros Go!”


Matt has been actively involved in coaching for years, most recently in Newcastle Village Minor Hockey Association. He has also coached for the Clarington Minor Hockey Association. Matt grew up playing AAA in the Brampton Minor Hockey system before playing for the Bramalea Blues and the Caledon Canadians of the Metro Junior Hockey League. He concluded his playing days at York University.

Matt is looking forward to joining the CZHA as a head coach, saying “I appreciate this opportunity greatly, and am very excited for next season.”


Paul will be celebrating his 15th year of coaching in the 2019/20 season. His philosophy changes for each team he coaches, always adjusting the plan as needed for each team. He takes a team comes first approach - but blends this with helping each player maximize his potential. No matter the level of the team, Paul believes it always comes back to fun and skill development as the keys to success.

Paul is excited to be taking on the role of head coach for the upcoming season, saying “I’d like to thank the Toro organization for the opportunity to coach these young hockey players. I've played and coached hockey for the majority of my life and having the opportunity to pass some of what I've learned along the way to the next generation of players has been one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.”


Todd is returning as head coach for the bantam team for the 2019/20 season. He brings approximately 20 years of hockey experience to the organization, including various head coach assistant/associate coach, and skill development positions with teams such as the Cobourg Cougars J A, Clarington Eagles Jr. C, and the Central Ontario Wolves (to name a few). Todd played for the varsity hockey team at Marian University, and was an MCHA all-academic team member for three years. Todd is also very active within the lacrosse community.


Justin is returning as head coach for our 2004 team. He brings a breadth of coaching experience, including six years with the CZHA, as well as experience with the Whitby Wildcats, Clarington Thunder, and Whitby Dunlops organizations. Justin has some impressive hockey career statistics of his own, with a highlight of winning a gold medal while playing for the Canadian National Team at the 1998 Spengler Cup. He was part of the Markham Waxers organization before attending Western Michigan University. His extensive playing experience continued with the ECHL, IHL, AHL, WPHL, CHL, UHL, and EOSHL leagues.


Jeff is returning as head coach for our 2003 players and looks forward to working with the 2002 players. He is well-respected by the players, and works hard to create a positive playing and learning environment. He is a strong advocate of collaborative coaching, and actively involves all members that have a vested interest in a team: players, parents, coaching mentors, and team staff. The minor midget team more than doubled their team win total this season, and Jeff is looking forward to building on this momentum into the next season. Jeff has more than 15 years of coaching experience with organizations such as the Belleville Bulls and Quinte Red Devils, and has coaching experience with soccer as well.

Jeff is excited to be returning next year, as he is “very passionate about coaching…it is truly one of the things that I enjoy the most.”

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