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Jeff Mielnicki

Varsity Prep Major AA/CHSAA Varsity Head Coach

Phone: 720-436-3298

Jeff Mielnicki.....Coach Mel.  

7th Season CHSAA Varsity Head Coach

Boston Junior Rangers Midwest Head Scout

2015 Head Coach CHSAA State Champion 

2015 Head Coach USA Hockey High School National Champion

CHSAA Varsity Head Coach 2014-2015-2017 Frozen Four Appearances 

CHSAA Director of Hockey Program.                                                                         

President/Director of Operations Cherry Creek Hockey Association.

Head Coach Fall Varsity Prep / Midget Major AA.  

USA Hockey Level 4 CEP.

Cherry Creek Baseball Diamond Club President (12 Years)

President PinchHitters For Youth Foundation.

2018 National Federation of High School Regional Coach of the Year.

2018 Cherry Creek Baseball Hall of Fame Team Induction ( Head Coach 2012 Don Mattingly World Series National Champion.)

2018 President Colorado High School Ice Hockey Coaches Association

2017 President Colorado High School Ice Hockey Coaches Association

2017 Head Coach Team Colorado Pittsburgh Showcase 

2015 Colorado Male Coach of the Year Xfinity Sports Award                            

2015 Coach Inductee Cherry Creek High School Baseball Hall of Fame  

Head Coach at Arapahoe Hockey Association for 14 Years.


Brent Tollar

Varsity Prep Major AA/CHSAA Varsity Assistant Coach. Strength & Conditioning Coach.

Brent Tollar returns for his 6th season and will assist on our CHSAA Varsity and Fall Prep Team. Coach Benny will also work with our special teams. Benny who comes to Cherry Creek from Steamboat Springs where he was the Hockey Director and Steamboat Springs High School Head Coach is also one of our off ice strength and conditioning coaches.

With almost 20 years of caching experience running Youth and High School Hockey Programs, Coach Benny will work with out Defensemen and Special Teams. Coach Benny is a USA Hockey Coaching Instructor, Level 4 Coach an coaching hockey at all levels from Mites thru Juniors and College.

Benny started and manages his own training company, Minn-Co Health Fitness where he concentrates on training all levels of conditioning and rehabilitation.

Benny lives in the Denver area with his 5 year old son Anson.


Ralph Bammert

Varsity Prep Major AA Assistant Coach. CHSSA Team Manager

Ralph Bammert is a Cherry Creek Hockey Association Vice President, Assistant Coach on the Varsity Prep. as well as our Association Registrar.   Ralph is also our Team Manager for our CHSSA Teams. Ralph has been a Director for USA Hockey for many years and is also the High Plains League President and serves as the Vice President of High School Hockey for CAHA and the Colorado Prep Hockey League.

Ralph is also USA Hockey National Risk Manager and is a member of the USA Hockey Disabled Section.

Ralph is also a part of the Team Colorado Coaching Staff that participates in the America's Showcase in St. Louis.

2019 Asst Coach and Team Manager Team Colorado White St Louis Showcase

2018 Head Coach Team Colorado White St. Louis Showcase

2017 Head Coach Team Colorado White Pittsburgh Showcase

Ralph has also previously coached with the Littleton Hockey Association for 12 years.

 


Ryan Bammert

Varsity Prep Major AA/CHSAA Varsity Assistant Coach

Ryan Bammert returns for his 7th season year as a Varsity Prep and CHSAA Assistant Coach and 8th overall where he began with Coach Mel at Arapahoe and brings a competitive spirit to every game. Ryan was part of our State and National Championship Coaching Staff.

 Ryan is a Paramedic with the city of Aurora and was recently nominated for Paramedic of the Year for his lifesaving efforts. A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Ryan spends his free time with his beautiful girlfriend Julia and their black lab Brady. 


Joe Sadozai

Varsity Prep Major AA/CHSAA Varsity Assistant Coach

Joe Sadozai returns for his 2nd season as a Varsity Prep Major AA and CHSAA Varsity Assistant Coach.
Coach Sadozai brings 19 Years of Coaching experience with Littleton  Hockey Association, Arapahoe Hockey Association and Denver University Hockey Association.
 


Justin Waldron

Varsity Prep Major AA/CHSAA Varsity Assistant Coach

 Justin Waldron returns for his 2nd season with Cherry Creek.
Coach Waldron brings 16 years of Coaching experience with the Colorado Thunderbirds at all age levels and also gained Coaching experience at the Tier level with the Arapahoe Hockey Association. Coach Waldron will assist on the Varsity Prep and CHSAA Varsity Teams. Justin has spent the last 18 years working at Campus Middle School in the Cherry Creek School District.


Mark Sample

Goaltending Coach

Mark Sample will be entering his 7th season as the Goaltending Coach for the Association. Throughout his 20+ years of goaltender development, Mark has collaborated with some of today's leading goaltending instructors, including Ian Clark, Vladislav Tretiak and Ron Grahame. Mark is also the Goaltending director of the West Coast Renegades AAA Hockey Club. His success as an instructor and developer have made him one of the most popular coaches in the Rocky Mountain area.

Mark holds a Master Level 5 coaching CEP through USA Hockey.


Brady Mielnicki

Varsity Prep Major AA /V-Prep T2 Assistant Coach

Brady Mielnicki begins his 3rd Season as a Assistant Coach for our Prep Teams. Brady has  worked for several years as our Goaltending Instructor at our Summer Camps. Brady has also been a Goaltending Instructor for ITC Goaltending Camps. Brady is also the Goaltending Director for the Arapahoe Youth Hockey Association.

A Cherry Creek Alumni, Brady was the 2015 CHSAA Goaltender of the Year leading the Bruins to a State and National Championship.


Randy Murphy

Skills Performance Coach

Cherry Creek welcomes Randy Murphy as Skills Performance Coach. Randy brings a offensive mindset to the game that will help in our Players development this season.

Randy is a Native of Toronto, ON where he played youth hockey and junior hockey.

Played 4 seasons at Elmira College

After graduating, he embarked on a 12 year playing career with stops in the AHL, ECHL, Central Hockey League and Europe. 

Spent 6 years coaching at the professional level in the Central Hockey League and SPHL

Current Director of Travel AYHL Warriors and Assistant General Manager of Family Sports Center.

 

 


Matt Frick

Skills Performance Coach

Cherry Creek welcomes Matt Frick as Skills Performance Coach.

Matt had a distinguished playing career and has owned and operated Frick's Dynamic Skating LLC for the past 7 Years.

Matt will bring a professional offensive and defensive skills knowledge to our program and is excited to work with both of our Teams to enhance Skill Development.

Bio: Player

U12 National Champion Detroit Little Ceasars
Played on USA Development Team
Silver Medal World Championships
4 Years Division 1 Lake Superior State University (CCHA)
600 Pro games over 10 seasons (ECHL, AHL, IHL, CHL )
Named 2004 (CHL) All Star Team
Voted CHL Best Defensive Defenseman
2003 Attended San Jose Sharks NHL?Cleveland Barons Camp AHL


Bio: Coaching

Coached Teams 2011 - present AAA/AA
DU Squirt A State Championship 2012
Owner/Operator Frick's Dynamic Skating LLC ( 7 years )
Coached 3 European Hockey Development Camps
Hockey Skills Pro at Denver Country Club
Foothills Hockey Program Skills Head Coach
Co-Head Coach @ Next Stride Hockey morning skills program.


Nathan Henry

Sports Performance Coach Landow Performance

 Sports Performance Coach Nathan Henry of Landow Performance returns for a 2nd season. Nathan will work with all of our teams to provide off-ice training and nutrition analysis. Nathan has been the primary Sports Performance Coach for the Thunderbirds Hockey Organization and we look forward to continuing our Cherry Creek partnership with the Landow Performance Team.


Lauren Spatenka

Mental Skills Performance Coach

 Lauren Spatenka returns to our program for a 2nd season as our Mental Skills Performance Coach. Lauren is looking forward to helping our players achieve Committed Action Goals to improve peak performance. A native of Minnesota and Denver University, Lauren resides in Denver.


Neil Ruffini

CHSAA/JV Prep Head Coach

Cherry Creek welcomes Neil Ruffini to our Hockey program as Head Coach of our Varsity Prep T2 and CHSAA Junior Varsity Team.

Coach Ruffini will bring a passion of teaching skills and preparing our players for advancement. Being able to directly impact players at the High School level and help prepare them for Junior or College careers is a primary goal.

Neil began his hockey career in Southern Michigan playing Tier 1 for Detroit Little Ceasars, Detroit Compuware, and Detroit HoneyBaked.

Neil attended  Prep School at Proctor Academy notching 128 Points in 65 games over 2 seasons with the Hornets in the New England Prep Hockey League.

Collegiate career Division 1 Hockey at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. 4 Year Letterman.

 Neil is the Owner/Director of Warehouse Athletes LLC Training Company.


John Knese

CHSAA/JV Prep Assistant Coach

John Knese will return for his 6th season with Cherry Creek and is very excited in developing our future Varsity players.

Assistant Coach JV CPHL JV CHSAA

Head Coach HPHL Varsity II

17 Years of coaching at all levels including College Club.

Level 4 CEP

Native of St. Cloud Minnesota

 


James Angelicola

CHSAA/JV Prep Assistant Coach

James Angelicola will return for his 2nd season with our Hockey Program. James is a native of Syracuse, NY and played NCAA Hockey for legendary Coach Tom Carroll at New England College.

James Junior Hockey playing career included two years with the Syracuse Stars of the EMJHL, two years playing for the Rochester Stars in the EJHL and one year served with the Rochester Jr. Americans of the USPHL.

Coach Angelicola will be a Assistant Coach on our Varsity Prep Tier 2 Team and our CHSAA Junior Varsity Team. 

 James is the Director of Operations for Face-Off-Factory.


Jack Venuto

CHSAA/JV Prep Assistant Coach

Cherry Creek welcomes Jack Venuto as V-Prep T2 / CHSAA JV Assistant Coach.

State and National Champion Bruin Captain Alumni will work with our Defenseman in the 2019-2020 Season.

Jack played youth hockey with the Colorado Rampage and Colorado Thunderbirds. Jack is looking forward to the 2019-2020 Season and is a welcome addition to our Coaching Staff.


Alec Mielnicki

Varsity Prep Major AA / V-Prep T2 Assistant Coach

Alec Mielnicki returns for his 5th Season of Coaching at Cherry Creek. Alec will be assisting on both the Varsity Prep 1 and Varsity Prep 2 Teams.

A Cherry Creek 3 year Varsity Letterman for Cherry Creek Baseball continuing on to Texas Tech University and Regis University along with playing Tier II Hockey at Arapahoe and Littleton. 

Alec began his Coaching career at the Cherry Creek Bantam Level. He is married to his wonderful wife Lauren and works for the Charles Schwab Financial Services Company. Alec and Lauren have added a new member to their family. Welcome Oliver!


 I am looking forward to another year of building our Hockey Program. 2018-2019 was a successful season for our CHSAA Varsity Team. A strong returning class along with several underclass additions will make for another exciting season. I look forward to our 2019-2020 season JV team as well. New players entering our program will begin the process of assisting the Varsity by developing at the JV level.

Congratulations to several of our Alumni who have moved on to Junior Hockey across the country and are working towards a NCAA commitment.

This will be my 27th season of coaching hockey in Colorado at both the High School and Competitive Travel level, which would include the Arapahoe Warriors Youth Hockey Association, Littleton Hockey Association, and Valor Christian High School.

I grew up in Detroit, Michigan as a Goaltender and played Travel hockey at several age levels including the Detroit Junior Red Wings Junior A Team and was a Western Michigan University recruit. After moving to Colorado to begin my business career I continued playing in the Rocky Mountain Men’s A Competitive League and in 1997 went One on One with Joe Sakic to help the Colorado Youth At Risk Foundation in cooperation with Fox Sports.

I am a graduate of Western Michigan University and for the last 29 years have been President and owner of my own company. I am also President of the Pinch Hitters For Youth Foundation.

My family includes my wife of 38 years Jackie and 3 boys: Jeff, Alec and Brady. In addition I have 2 beautiful grand babies Noah Jeffrey and Oliver Joseph.

 

Jeff Mielnicki
President- Director of Hockey Operations
CCHS Varsity Head Coach