The IYHA Jr Fuel is very fortunate to have some incredible coaches who dedicate their time and energy making our program one of the best in the nation. Coach Jim Hansen has been involved with the organization for four seasons, and he has been an amazing addition to the league.
Originally from the upper peninsula of Michigan, Coach Jim always had a passion for the sport of hockey, but never played one shift growing up. Once his first son Niklas joined the Learn to Play Hockey classes at the age of three, Jim was ready to lace them up himself and give it a go. On day one we quickly realized that Jim was going to fit right in with our hockey community. He's become a staple around the rinks and plays competitively in multiple adult leagues.
Coach Jim has immersed himself, and his family, in the IYHA Jr Fuel and we are forever grateful that he has been so giving with his time. Soon his youngest son, Henrik, will be joining the league and we will see even more of the Hansen family at the rink.
"Anthony Jr loves to see Coach Jim on the ice. He's always positive and makes even the tough drills fun. You never see kids just standing around if Coach Jim is running the practice."
-Coach Anthony Deardorff
"Coach Hansen does a tremendous job teaching hockey in a very intentional, age-appropriate way. He emphasizes FUN and FUNDAMENTALS, which I believe are the essential building blocks for the youth athletes that he works with. My child has benefited greatly from playing for Coach Hansen and more importantly, he has enjoyed being on his teams."
- Chris Berju, IYHA Jr Fuel Parent
"Jim is a very dedicated coach and he not only makes the kids better players, he encourages them to be better teammates. He's probably spent more time on the ice with my kids than anyone."
- Adam Summers, IYHA Jr Fuel Parent
"On behalf of the entire IYHA Jr Fuel community, I would like to extend a very grateful 'Thank You' to Jim and his family for their continued contributions. We are better because of you!"
-Blake Weishaar, IYHA Jr Fuel Parent