The New Hampshire Junior Monarchs are excited to announce a change in the leadership of our Youth Hockey Program. Jim Gaudet, who has been our Youth Director since July of 2020, was recently offered a position as an Assistant Coach with Babson College. This is a tremendous opportunity for Jim and his family. Jim has been an incredible asset to our program here since last summer. We congratulate him and wish him the best in his new venture. While Jim will be Full Time with Babson College, he will stay on this season, running skills for our Mite Minor through Bantam Major travel teams on Tuesday evenings.
Jim's departure as Youth Director, opened the door for Nic Cota, another member of the Junior Monarchs and Tri-Town Ice Arena family to take over this position.
Originally from Bangor, Maine, Nic grew up surrounded by the world of sports but found a particular liking to hockey at a young age. Playing all throughout his youth, he got the opportunity to play junior hockey at Walpole Express, then moved on to Southern Maine at the NCAA level where he played for a short period time as both a forward and defenseman before a career ending injury. This led him into the coaching side of hockey, where he says he was fortunate enough to land his first job at only 22 years old at Portland High School in Maine. After two seasons with Portland, he accepted a position with the Florida Panthers doing player development as well as coaching both the 14U & 16U age group. After one season there, he decided he wanted to be closer to home and put his roots back in New England and has been with the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs for the last 3 seasons as the Head Coach for the USPHL Premier Team. Nic is going on his 4th season here with us coaching Junior Hockey . He is extremely humbled for the opportunity to work on the youth side, and is looking forward to working with all the wonderful kids and their families to help them grow and develop into strong young hockey players! The Junior Monarchs are excited for the leadership and guidance Coach Cota will provide to the program.
We are accepting registrations for the following Fall/Winter Ice Hockey Programs: Mini Monarchs (Learn to Play Hockey), Mite Development and House League Programs. Please click on the "Teams" link above and scroll down to respective tabs for information.
To enroll please call 603-485-1100.
For more information in regards to Mini Monarchs or Mite Development please email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information in regards to House League please email Jeremy at email@example.com.
The New Hampshire Junior Monarchs are thrilled to announce the hiring of John Sikich as co-Head Coach of the 2009 Tier 1 team and Head Coach of the 2011 AAA team for the 2021-2022 season.
John Sikich, originally from Hermosa Beach, CA, moved to NH in 2017 with his wife and four boys. John played tier hockey on multiple travel teams in Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA until he was 18 years old when he became a Deputy Sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
In 2005, John began his professional coaching career with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings Organization in El Segundo, CA where he acted as Head and Assistant Coach for teams at the Tier I, II and III levels. Nelson Emerson, Head of Player Development for the Los Angeles Kings in the National Hockey League said, “As the head of player development, skill development is paramount when competing at the highest level. Former Los Angeles Jr Kings coach, and my friend, John Sikich, has been developing players for the Jr Kings for the past 15 years. His experience, dedication and training style are why I whole heartedly recommend him for your development as a player.”
John considers himself lucky to have been part of a program that gave him training and coaching education by coaches who are currently in the NHL, as well as, International Power Skating Instructors and fellow coaches whom he is honored to say he worked with. John’s past experience has allowed him to pass on his knowledge to his players through personal on ice training sessions, group skills, and power skating camps. Robby Glantz, Power Skating Coach and On-Air Skills and Skating Consultant for the NHL Network stated, “Speed is a skill that can be developed and enhanced with proper technique and practice... With that said, I highly recommend John Sikich, who has Instructed at many of my camps throughout the last 18+ years...He consistently does an excellent job teaching all ages and skill levels and I am more than confident that he has the experience, knowledge and ability to positively impact your player’s Hockey and Skating abilities!!”
John’s most recent accomplishments include heading player development for the Back Bay Indians as the Director of Youth Hockey and Head Coach for the 10U and 12U team. In 2020 John’s 10U team went undefeated and secured Championship titles in GSL and SHL. When asked John said, “I could not be more proud of all the players at Back Bay for their hard work and dedication to skill development. From Learn to Skate to our 18U Split Season team, everyone has improved.”
John has chosen to step away from Directing and focus more on player development as a Coach with the Junior Monarchs. John will be coaching the Monarchs 2009 Tier I EHF team and the 2011 AAA team for the 2021-2022 season, as well as assisting with specialty camps and clinics throughout the season.
The Junior Monarchs lost one of the BEST in the business on Monday, October 5th. Ryan Frew was a phenomenal man and had a profound impact on numerous Junior Monarchs Players. Ryan most importantly was an amazing husband and father, and was adored by his parents, brothers and all family and friends who knew him. He was truly a special one of a kind person. Please keep the entire Frew Family in your thoughts and prayers. We love you Ry!
The New Hampshire Junior Monarchs are thrilled to name Jim Gaudet, a Junior Monarchs Alum, our new Youth Hockey Director
Jim brings a wealth of hockey knowledge to our Youth Program. Jim spent the last two seasons with the Boston Bandits organization. This past season, he was Head Coach of the NCDC team and the U16 team. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Coach on their NCDC team. He was also Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, as well as a Skills Instructor for the Bandits. As Skills Instructor, Jim coached private, small group, and team training sessions as well as spring and summer camps. Over the past two seasons Jim has helped 21 Student-Athletes move on to NCAA Hockey.
Prior to his time with the Bandits, Jim coached five seasons of ACHA College Hockey for the University of Maryland and the United States Naval Academy. While in Maryland, Jim also worked as a Head Skating and Skills Instructor and Director of Hockey Operations at First Line Training Center- a 30,000 sq. ft. hockey training facility where he conducted private lessons and small group training sessions for players ages 4-21.
Jim’s playing experience includes four seasons at Dartmouth College where he served as an Assistant Captain his senior season. He was also a four year member of the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs organization prior to attending Dartmouth. He played two seasons for the U18 Team and two seasons for the EJHL Junior Team and was lucky enough to be a member of two U18 New England Regional Championship Teams and two Junior National Championship Teams with the Monarchs organization.
Jim will have many duties as Hockey Director, including the Director of Skills and Player Development. In this role he will direct and oversee our On Ice Skills Program. He will also act as Coaching Director. In this role he conduct regular meetings with our coaches, he will work side by side with coaches during team practices and will regularly observe youth games, allowing him to collaborate with the coaches to help them provide the best player experience possible. We are very excited to provide Jim’s expertise to our players, coaches and families.
Jim was directed Team Camps last week and over the next couple weeks we will be working together with Jim as he assimilates into his new role with the program. After that point in time, Jim will be first point of contact for the coaches and parents in our Youth Program.
Jim’s e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are excited to welcome Jim back to ‘Narchs Country!