Graeme Townshend, Head Coach
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Graeme Townshend moved to Toronto at the age of 3. Played one year of Junior hockey for the Mimico Monarchs of the O.H.A Central Jr. B Hockey League. As the #2 recruited player in North America, Townshend turned down offers from 14 schools, including Michigan, Michigan State and Cornell, to accept a full scholarship from #1 ranked and defending NCAA Division 1 Frozen Four Champion, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). As captain at RPI, Townshend, recruited as a forward, led all RPI defensemen in scoring and was one of the top scoring defensemen in the ECAC as a Junior.
After scoring 22 points in his senior year, Townshend signed with the Boston Bruins in the NHL then went on to play parts of 5 seasons with the Bruins, N.Y. Islanders and Ottawa Senators. Townshend played 686 professional games, scoring 227 goals and 208 assists for 435 points while playing in the NHL, AHL, IHL and WPHL.
Townshend went on to coach 3 years professionally in Macon, GA (CHL) and Greensboro, NC (ECHL). During his 13 years professional hockey experience, Townshend also owned and operated the nationally acclaimed GTP Hockey Schools, with specialty camps in N.Y., Maine, Texas, Alaska, Colorado and Alberta. Townshend is the former Skating and Skills Coach for the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs (one of only 3 in the NHL at the time). His main responsibility was to prepare all Maple Leafs and Sharks players and prospects for the skills required for the “new” NHL, with the primary focus being skating skills. Every player in the Maple Leafs and Sharks organizations were trained under Townshend’s watchful eye. Over 100 of these players are still competing in the NHL today
Graeme is currently the only skating and skills coach in the world who has played, coached and taught at every level of hockey there is. From youth hockey to the Canadian Junior Hockey ranks to NCAA Div. 1 College to Europe to the NHL, Mr. Townshend has the experience to know what truly works and what does not work. "One of my most frustrating experiences was being taught in college by a guy with a figure skating background who had no idea of the challenges I was facing on the ice. I've seen some things being taught (that really do not work) by other nationally known instructors who have absolutely no practical playing experience." says Mr. Townshend.
Townshend was inducted into the Canadian Black Hockey Hall of Fame in August of 2006, along with the likes of Anson Carter and Herb Carnegie and Willie O’Ree.
Cyril "CJ" Bollers, Coach
In 2014 , Cyril (CJ) Bollers joined the talented coaching staff of the Jamaican Olympic Ice Hockey Federation.
Mr. Bollers is president and head coach of Skillz Hockey and assistant coach of the Markham Majors Minor Midget AAA team in the Toronto area.
Bollers is president and head coach of Skillz Hockey and assistant coach of the Markham Majors Minor Midget AAA team in the Toronto area.
He has coached a stable of players who’ve gone on to successful major junior hockey careers and positioned themselves to become NHL players. Such players as Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman Darnell Nurse, Edmonton Oilers first-round draft pick summer 2013; Kitchener Rangers forward Justin Bailey, Buffalo Sabres 2013 second-round pick;Bellville Bulls defenseman Jordan Subban, the Vancouver Canucks’ 2013 fourth-round pick.
CJ brings 14 years of a diverse coaching background. Mr. Bollers signed on as an assistant coach in November 2014 of the Pickering Panthers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, working under Paul Coffey.
Mr. Bollers’ Professional Coaching Credentials includes: Coach U16 Canada Winter Games - Team Ontario; Ontario Junior Hockey League, Brampton Capitals; Ontario Junior Hockey League, Pickering Panthers; Hockey Canada High Performance I, National Coaches Certification Program, Coaching Association of Canada; Greater Toronto Hockey League, National Coaching Certification Program Coach Instructor; Principal and Director of Player Development for Skillz Hockey Black Aces Program; Coach and Player Development Instructor, Advisor and Mentor for Various Minor Hockey Associations; Coach and Player Development Instructor, Advisor and Mentor for Duffield Devils and North Toronto.
Edmond "EJ" Phillipps, Coach
A USA Hockey-certified Level 5 coach, Phillipps has coached as a head coach or assistant the past eight years in Colorado at various levels, including varsity and junior varsity high school and Pee Wee. He guided the Douglas County/Castle View JV team to a high school state title in 2014 and then the DCCV varsity team to a third-place finish at the state championship in 2012. He served as assistant coach for the Traverse City Hounds in 2015.
On a broader global scale, Phillipps is the founder and CEO of the Jamaican Olympic Ice Hockey Federation.
Cosmo Clarke Jr., Coach
Mr. Cosmo Clarke Jr. roles as Player, Coach and Trainer add to the wide array of sports hockey experience which definitely enhances the certified coaching table of JOIHF.
Currently Mr. Clarke is Director of Athletic Development at the Sportsplex at Valley View; Strength and Conditioning Coach/Hockey Skills Coach for the Dallas Oilers Youth Hockey Program; Assistant Hockey/Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Jesuit Preparatory Varsity Hockey Program.
Mr. Clarke’s N. America/Europe school development/playing/coaching career includes but not limited to: five years playing professional hockey; four years playing collegiate hockey at Brock University; USA Hockey Master Coaching Certification Level 5; and NASM Certified Personal Trainer
For more than 10 years Cosmo Clarke has served as a youth hockey coach. He currently is director of athletic development at the Sportsplex at Valley View. He also is strength and conditioning coach/hockey skills coach for the Dallas Oilers Youth Hockey Program and assistant hockey coach/strength and conditioning coach for the Jesuit Preparatory Varsity Hockey Program.
Cosmo has 20 years developing, instructing and directing hockey schools across North America and Europe.
He played five years in professional hockey after four collegiate years at Brock University.
He holds a USA Hockey Master Coaching Certification and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer.
Paul Jerrard, Coach
A coach and a professional ice hockey player, Mr. Paul Jerrard brings a special flavor of talent and seasoned experience to JOIHF’s coaching environment. Mr. Jerrard was an Assistant Coach to the NHL Dallas Stars 2011 to 2013 and founded Jerrard Sports Hockey in 2013. He is currently an assistant coach for the Calgary Flames.
Mr. Jerrard’s career includes coaching experience with the Colorado Avalanche, the Lake Superior State, the Hershey Bears, and the Iowa Stars. Currently he is an assistant coach in the AHL for the Vancouver Canucks organization, their affiliate the Utica Comets.
His playing career included playing Defenseman for the Minnesota North Stars (NHL), several teams in the IHL including the AHL for the Hershey Bears and four years of collegiate hockey at Lake Superior State.
His career highlights feature: playing collegiate hockey for four years at Lake Superior State; playing Defense for the NHL Minnesota North Stars; coaching experience with Colorado Avalanche, Lake Superior State, Hershey Bears, Iowa Stars.
Tony Martino, Coach
Mr. Tony Martino has expertise as an ice hockey goalie and coach. He holds an Olympic qualification and was CHL Goaltender of the Year (1992-1993).
Tony spent 14 years as a Goalie for such teams as the Tulsa Oilers (CHL), Detroit Vipers (IHL), Heilbronn EC (Germany), New Mexico Scorpions (WPHL) Abilene Aviators (WPHL) and R.P.I. (ECAC)
Mr. Martino has 10 years of coaching at the Tulsa Oilers (CHL), New Mexico Scorpions (WPHL, CHL), Varese HC (Italy), Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL).
Dr. Joel Boyd, Medical Director
Tapping the major leagues of ice hockey, football, and basketball, as well as tours at the Olympics and World Championships as medical staff, Dr. Joel Boyd brings an eclectic extensive background as JOIHF’s Head of Medical.
Dr. Boyd's team physician career includes: head team physician (NHL Minnesota Wild, NFL Minnesota Vikings, WNBA Minnesota Lynx); team physician (USA Hockey Men's World Championship - Koln, Germany, USA Hockey World Championships - Zurich, Switzerland, 1998 Olympic USA Men's Hockey Team and 1998 Olympic USA Hockey Women's Team- Nagano, Japan); and assistant team physician (NBA Minnesota Timberwolves).
He has countless published medical papers, theses and orthopedic research findings. He received his doctorate from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Penn. His conducted an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. His internship/residency was in orthopedic surgery at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio
Lester Griffin, Assistant General Manager
Mr. Lester Griffin entered the ice hockey world in 1993 in Charleston, South Carolina by helping to organize and establish the very first recreational youth ice hockey organization. His love for the sport has at times taken him to Canada and Europe, but most of all led to his split purchase of a North American Hockey League(NAHL) Junior Hockey Tier II franchise from Compuware, which was taken to Traverse City Michigan. During his first 2 years managing the Traverse City North Stars, Lester sat on the NAHL Board of Directors and also took a hands-on approach as the Team Director of Hockey Operations.
Through the years he has continued working with travel ice hockey programs in Charleston and also served as Assistant Manager of the Carolina Ice Palace, working closely with ice hockey and figure skating organizations. In 2007 he was asked to assist in developing the first Junior Ice Hockey Team in Charleston, thus the Charleston Wolverines Junior C Hockey Club was born. Lester worked with the team members and helped recruit local players and players from Europe. In the first season (07/08) the Charleston Wolverines did not only qualify for the USA Hockey National Championship tournament, they went all the way to the Championship Final Game.
Mr. Griffin is a retired police detective and successful business entrepreneur. His excellent fundraising, team-building and leadership skills, combined with his business and hockey management experience make him a valuable asset to JOIHF.
Jeff Brubaker, General Manager
Mr. Jeff Brubaker brings to JOIHF experience as a player, coach, recruiter, general manager, and sports business manager. Jeff played in the National Hockey League for seven teams, played in Canadian Major Junior hockey and the NCAA division one. He is intimately familiar with every level of play that would be a player recruiting source.
After Jeff playing career ended, he spent over a decade as a general manager and head coach in the ECHL and head coach at the AAA and AA levels. Mr. Brubaker experience brings knowledge of the business side of the sport. Currently he is the Managing Partner of a Mergers and Acquisitions ﬁrm that employs many former professional athletes.
Mr. Brubaker’s career includes these accomplishments: Coached 14 years in ECHL, AHL, and IHL including championship for Greenboro Monarch in 1990 and Orlando Jackals in 1996; Head Coach and General Manager for ECHL in Greensboro; Played 10 professional seasons combining NHL, IHL, WHL, and AHL; Playedfor 7 NHL teams including Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, and Edmonton Oilers; Co-founder of the Southern Professional Hockey League.