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.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Junior Fuel Hockey Club and Indianapolis Youth Hockey Association (IYHA) announced on 1/22/2019 that the two organizations have agreed in principal to join forces to create one of the largest youth hockey programs in the Midwest. The move combines the established history and deep roots of the IYHA with the strong footprint and name recognition of the Junior Fuel.
“This is a huge step for youth hockey in our community, bringing over 1200 youth players under one united banner” said Kurt Detamore, President of IYHA. “By bringing both of these organizations together, we will be able to better serve the needs of all of the players and families in the area.”
“This partnership will accelerate the continued growth of youth hockey in Central Indiana,” explained Indy Fuel Owner and Chairman Jim Hallett. “Through working in concert, the Junior Fuel and IYHA will aspire to become one of the premier youth hockey programs, not just in the region but across the nation.”
“We now have a unique opportunity to focus all of our efforts on providing the best product for all Indianapolis area hockey families,” said Derek Edwardson, who will continue to serve as Executive Director of the expanded Indianapolis Youth Hockey Association that will now compete under the Junior Fuel banner. “Our goal is to create a culture of passion, growth and development for the next generation of lifelong players, coaches, officials and fans of the best game on earth.”
The IYHA, playing as the Junior Fuel, will provide comprehensive in-season and off-season programming in all of the local ice arenas for central Indiana boys and girls consistent with USA Hockey’s American Development Model from first time skaters and recreational hockey, through Nationally competitive high-performance AAA hockey.
Details for 2019 spring programming and 2019-2020 travel tryouts, including information about Learn to Play, House Hockey and Girls programs will be announced in the coming weeks. Please monitor your email and existing website for future updates.