Chris has been involved since he was 7 years old in Illinois hockey in a variety of capacities, including as a travel player, College player and Tier 1 and Tier 2 Coach. As a midget player here at the Northwest Chargers, his team won the prestigious Silver Stick Tournament as well as State Championship. After playing college hockey, Chris began his coaching career at the youth level and most recently was with the Chicago Mission. Chris has the passion to work closely with our coaches to help develop all of our players both on and off the ice. Chris resides in Palatine with his wife, Bridget, and their three children – Ryan, Tyler and Kailey.
|Mite 1||John Sclafini||Eric Krywanio|
|Mite 2||Peppi LaBoy|
|Mite 3||Justin Auffman|
|Mite 4||Adam Antell/Cymon Wind|
|Mite 5||Eric Krywanio|
|Pee Wee 1||Todd Bauman||Sean White|
|Pee Wee 2||John Godley||Tony Logan|
|Pee Wee 3||John Tiano||Anthony Bronge & Wayne Brown|
|Squirt 1||Randy Sowizrol||Ron Sowizrol|
|Squirt 2||Steve Klima||Nicole Witt & Jonathan McPharlin|
|2006||Pete Carcione||Michael LoVerde|
|2007||Tim Mueller||Troy Mueller|
|Bantam 1||John Wallin||Liam Kilcoyne|
|Bantam 2||Mark Zehelein||Matt Kaspar|
|U15||Mike Perillo||Dan Perillo|
|U16 - 1||Mike Zombo|
|U16 - 2||Mike Palmeri|
A native of Abbotsford, BC, Canada, I started on skates at 3 years old, and grew up on street hockey and rinks north of the border. I received an early foundation for skating with instructors Marv Waller (2x BC Hockey Development Award in Coaching), Dwayne Lowdermilk(NHL Alum) and Power Skating Pioneer Laura Stamm. After playing minor Hockey for the AAA Abbotsford Hawks and 3 years in BC Junior Hockey League, I came to the USA to play for the NCAA Division III, St. Norbert College Green Knights. I graduated in 2002 from SNC with a degree in Business Administration.
I started coaching and assistant coaching various Bantam AA and Squirt AA hockey teams. This led me down the path to spending 4 years skills training and mentoring over 2600 private and semi-private lessons at Diamond Hockey. The last 3 years I have been the lead skating and skills coach for the Winnetka Warriors, Jr. Warriors, and WarHawks hockey clubs. In this role, I have provided over 1000 small group and large group skills training sessions for players aged 6 -14. When I'm not at the rink, you can find me devoted to spending time with my family: wife Tiffany, daughter Callie and son Joey. I'm very grateful and excited to be working with the Chargers Program.
This will be Coach Zach's tenth year as Goalie Director for the Northwest Chargers. Coach Zach’s tutelage of our tenders has been instrumental to their development and our success over the years, and the Chargers are thrilled that he will continue his best-in-class goalie instruction to our tenders Before joining the Charger coaching staff, Zach spent many seasons on the staff of Good as Gould Goalie Schools where he worked for several hockey organizations in Northern Illinois. Zach grew up in the Chicagoland area where he played goalie for Team Illinois and the Flames Hockey Club. He then attended Western Michigan where he played on their club team and received his Bachelor of Business Degree in Finance.
Introducing our new off-ice training provider, GVN Performance: https://www.gvnperformance.com/. GVN trainers will operate out of the new state-of-the-art dryland facility, MPI Sports Development Center, located just walking distance from the Mount Prospect Ice Arena. Squirt, Pee Wee, and Bantam teams will participate in dryland in a team setting specifically designed to improve the players’ strength, agility, and acceleration on the ice.