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Fresh off another grand season, Jr. Ducks announce Tier coaches for ’19-20 season


The Anaheim Jr. Ducks have announced their Tier I and Tier II coaching lineups for the 2019-20 season.

The Jr. Ducks, under the guidance of director of coaches Craig Johnson, qualified a club-record three Tier I teams for the recent USA Hockey National Championships, and have sent 10 teams to Nationals and won 11 CAHA Tier I titles the past five seasons.


The coaching lineup begins with August Aiken at 18U and Alex Kim at 16U. Aiken has guided his team to Nationals the past three seasons, while Kim’s team has been to Nationals four times in the past five seasons, winning a bronze medal in 2018. Kim, also the club’s director of player personnel, has helped facilitate 21 players moving on to NCAA Division I hockey, including eight this past season.

In addition, the 16U and 18U teams qualified for the top playoff bracket in the Tier I Elite Hockey League’s heavily-scouted playoffs for the fourth time in their four seasons in the league. The 16Us won the 2018 regular-season title.

David Walker, who guided the Jr. Ducks’ Tier I Bantam team to Nationals last season, will coach the 2004 group at 15U next season.

T.J. Miller will coach the Bantam 2005 team, while Darryl Tiveron will coach the Bantam 2006s. Dean Caban will coach the Pee Wee 2007s and Eugene Kabanets will coach the Pee Wee 2008s.

The Tier II lineup includes Mike Perkins (AA-1) and Tyler Maxwell (AA-2) at 18U. They also will coach the Bantam 2006s together. Alex Vasilevsky will coach the 16U team, while Bruce Surdin will direct the 15U 2005s. Laddy Kohn will coach the Bantam 14U 2004s. Ren Texeira will coach the Pee Wee 2007s, while Sandy Gasseau will guide the Pee Wee 2008s.

The Tier I program will hold tryouts the weekend of May 17-19. Check for tryout times and locations.

— Chris Bayee

(May 3, 2019)

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