16U (2003) AAA Coach - Derek Edwardson
IYHA Jr Fuel Executive Director Derek Edwardson grew up and played his youth hockey in the north suburbs of Chicago culminating with a U18 AAA National Title in 1997 and second place finish in the national tournament the following year. He continued his journey into junior hockey, captaining the NAHL’s Danville Wings to the 1999 Robertson Cup.
Edwardson’s four-year collegiate hockey career at Miami (OH) University included player of the year and All-American awards, and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker, college hockey’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, his senior year. Derek was named 2004 Miami Male Athlete of the Year and was inducted into the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017
Coach Edwardson enjoyed a nine-year professional career, playing in the American Hockey League and ECHL. After three pro seasons in the US, he skated six more years as a pro in Italy and Germany, ending his playing career in as a member of Team Italy in the 2012 World Championships.
Following his playing career, he joined the Miami University NCAA staff as an assistant coach in 2013-2014. He then took on his current role as coach and director in Indy in May of 2014. While acting as Hockey Director for the Indy Strong, he was also named Assistant Coach of the ECHL’s Indy Fuel from 2014-2016.
As the 2019-2020 hockey season approaches, the Jr Fuel 16U and 18U AAA teams have received more interest than ever from AAA level players across the country. On June 1st and 2nd we will be selecting our final rosters that will include several players moving to Indy to play for us.
We are looking for families to host players for the hockey season and be a second home for young men putting it all on the line to take their game to the next level. Families must provide a safe and positive home life. While hosting a player can be very rewarding and create lifelong bonds and friendships, it can be challenging for both the player and host family. We do our best to match families and players with compatible values and family background.
Families will be given strict guidelines and expectations including providing all meals for the player, transportation if the player does not have access to a car and his own bedroom with private closet space for the entire school year.
Players are expected to live by reasonable house rules and will be held to the highest standard of behavior.
Host families will receive a stipend each month (amount determined by the IYHA) directly from the player’s parents for food and groceries. Host families are not responsible for travel expenses or food when a player travels for games.
This is a great opportunity to help a player reach his hockey goals and serve as a role model for your young players. If you are interested please fill out the document linked below and submit it to Derek Edwardson firstname.lastname@example.org.
Within a span of two weeks, 23 year old Carmel native Grant Hutton and 25 year old Speedway native Mason Jobst both signed their first NHL contracts with the New York Islanders.
Both Jobst and Hutton are fantastic examples of patience, hard work and determination. Each player took a “non-traditional” path toward college hockey stardom and their upcoming opportunity on the world’s biggest stage. Both players played AAA hockey in town for the local Jr Ice U16/18 program. Both played three full seasons of junior hockey after they graduated high school, and joined their respective college teams after their 20th birthdays. Despite being a highly sought after NHL free agent in recent months, Hutton never found a permanent spot on a USHL roster. Jobst didn’t join Muskegon full time in the USHL until after two years of 18U hockey and had a list of NHL clubs seeking his signature upon conclusion of his senior season.
2018 Hometown Heroes Summer Camp guest Mason Jobst recently completed his college career at Ohio State with numerous scoring records and accolades including being named a finalist for the 2019 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player. Mason recorded 164 points in 150 career games for the Buckeyes while being a team captain during his final two years.
Grant Hutton graduates this spring from Miami (Ohio) University, and like Jobst, was a two year team captain. Hutton finished his college career with 71 points in 144 games as one of Miami’s top defensemen. His 29 career goals are third most all time for a Miami defenseman.
Please join the IYHA in congratulating these hard working young men on their upcoming graduation and tremendous college hockey careers and wish them luck as they take the next step in reaching their dreams.
The IYHA Jr Fuel are pleased to announce the hiring of our full time Goalie Development Coordinator. Keegan Asmundson will be responsible for all aspects of IYHA Jr. Fuel goalie development. All travel goalies will get 60 minutes of dedicated goalie practice per week with Coach Asmundson. He will also be tasked with recruitment and intro to goalie programming for our youngest players interested in the position.
Keegan has decided to hang up his pads after four seasons of professional hockey that included stops in 4 different leagues. Asmundson saw time in the AHL, ECHL, SPHL and German professional leagues, including stints with the Fuel on two different occasions. Keegan attended NHL training camp with the Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals seeing preseason action with Buffalo in 2015.
Asmundson had a stellar NCAA career at Division 1 Canisius College finishing with an incredible .932 save percentage over three seasons as a starter. He backstopped his team to a conference Championship and Conference Goaltender of the year honors in 2015. During his time at Canisius, he was also a member of the NCAA D1 men’s lacrosse team.
It’s common knowledge that goaltenders are key to winning championships. Keegan is a proven winner at multiple levels. He was a part of three championship teams in the past 6 seasons. He won an Atlantic Hockey Conference Championship in 2013, a German professional league championship in 2017 and an SPHL championship with the Huntsville Havoc in 2018. He is excited to bring his knowledge and experience of not only the physical skills necessary to progress and win as a goalie, but the mental aspects as well.
Over the past ten years Asmundson has honed his craft as a goalie coach running numerous summer camps with GDI and privately trained dozens of AAA, Junior and college netminders in his home state of Minnesota. He has also worked as a tryout evaluator at some of the highest levels of junior hockey in the USHL, NAHL and for the US National team at the Select 15 National Camp in 2015.
Coach Asmundson will relocate to Indy in the coming weeks. Please join us in welcoming him to the program.
The IYHA Jr Fuel continue to strive to be the premier development option for travel players in the tri-state area. Keegan’s experience and dedication to our goalies will ensure the best in-season training available for young goalies as they work toward their long term hockey goals.