15U (2004) AAA Coach - Ken Boone
Ken Boone, native of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, began his elite hockey career playing Tier 1 Junior A in Burlington, Ontario. At the age of 16, he was drafted in the fourth round of the Ontario Hockey League where he played two seasons for Kingston Frontenacs. Boone had a diverse 10 year professional hockey career, successfully playing at almost every level of the game. Career highlights span from playing in NHL exhibition games to three seasons with the Indianapolis Ice, winning a CHL Championship in the 1999-2000 season.
Boone is one of the few players in the history of Indianapolis hockey to be honored with the “Iron Man” award--given only to an individual who has played in every game and attended every practice in a championship season.
After his retirement from professional hockey, Boone has been an award winning firefighter for the Indianapolis Fire Department and has dedicated himself being a well recognized hockey coach and elite hockey trainer in the area. Coach Boone conducts skills and body contact development out of his hometown rink in Columbus, IN.
As travel tryouts approach and we’re all spending a lot more time in front of screens lately, the IYHA Jr Fuel would like to take this opportunity to provide some in-depth insight into the backgrounds and philosophies of our coaching staff.
We strive for world class player development and promotion of Indiana players to the game's highest levels. The ice time, off ice training, competition and exposure are the easy part. What sets us apart is our lineup of coaches and their commitment to our players. Our staff has unmatched playing and coaching experience along with a “player first” mentality. Every one of our coaches was fortunate to grow up with impactful mentors throughout their youth careers. They are committed to giving back and providing the Indy area youth hockey players a better opportunity than they had.
Our first installment will feature 18U AAA Head Coach and Director of Player Advancement Jimmy Mullin.
In 2019-2020, his first year at the helm of 18U AAA, Coach Mullin excelled in his role of Director of Player Advancement. He was instrumental in facilitating twelve different call up opportunities in the USHL, NAHL and CCHL for his players. The team participated in a Tier 1 Elite League showcase, Omaha USHL showcase and an NAPHL showcase. His squad competed against many of the top prep teams in the country including Shattuck St Mary's, Culver, Lake Forest Academy, Gilmour Academy and battled with top AAA teams including the Chicago Mission, Team Illinois, St Louis AAA Blues and Dallas Stars Elite.
Coach Mullin was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He moved to Florence, Kentucky at the age of 3 and started playing ice hockey for the Northern Kentucky Norseman. At the age of 11, he and his family moved back to Pennsylvania and he played for the Philadelphia Little Flyers. As an 8th grader, Jimmy was recruited by prep powerhouse Shattuck St. Mary’s in Minnesota.
After two seasons on the prestigious SSM prep team and 178 points scored, the Tampa Bay Lightning selected him in the 4th round of the 2010 NHL entry draft.
Jimmy went on to play one year in the USHL for the Fargo Force where he made the USHL All Star game, 1st team USHL all star, and led the league in plus minus as a rookie. He was also selected to represent Team USA for the World Junior A Challenge and led the tournament in goals with six in four games ahead of current NHL superstar Nikita Kucherov.
During his junior season at Shattuck, he committed to play NCAA college hockey at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Following a productive freshman season at Miami with 26 points, he was sidelined for a majority of the next three seasons with major knee reconstructions and a season ending shoulder injury. Following four years at Miami, Jimmy was eligible for a fifth year transfer and completed his college career under legendary junior and college coach Mike Hastings at Minnesota State in the WCHA.
Jimmy played three seasons with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. In his only year not plagued by injury, he posted a career high of 45 points.
In addition to his role as Jr Fuel 18U Head coach, Mullin is also a scout for the USHL's Fargo Force.
Jimmy met his fiancee Kenzie while they were students at Miami University. They plan to get married this summer.
We’ll wrap up with a short Q&A with Coach Mullin. Below are his responses. Enjoy!
What do you love most about coaching?
As a coach, it is an honor and a privilege to work with a team of hockey players on a day to day basis. It's amazing to watch them grow on and off the ice throughout the entire season. Personally, the reason I love coaching is being able to work with driven athletes who work their absolute hardest, and are willing to be pushed. It brings me joy to watch kids succeed, but it gives me even more joy when they earn their success.
What values/lessons do you hope to teach your players?
Accountability, honesty, work ethic, humility, trustworthiness
What was your best youth hockey memory?
When I was 12, I had the opportunity to play in the Pee Wee Quebec hockey tournament. It was the first time I was able to compete on an international stage. I played in front of thousands of fans in the playoff round, and I met kids from all over the world. My team and I were fortunate enough to win the championship and I took home the tournament MVP. After the game I signed autographs, and felt like an NHL hockey player. At that moment I knew I would do anything to play college and pro hockey!
Who was your most influential coach?
Ben Eaves. Ben has never coached a team of mine, but he has been a great mentor and motivator of mine since 2006. He cares about the players, and focuses on overall development. He pushes me to be a better person, coach and encourages me to ask questions and understand my worth as a human being.
What was the best advice that you received as a hockey player?
Singers sing, and dancers dance. Be the best version of you… not someone else.
What advice do you have for hockey parents?
Hockey is an expensive sport. Stop sending your kids to every futures camp, main camp or combine draft camp. If a junior team or another organization has genuine interest in your child, you will know. Spend your money on off-ice training and on-ice development. Then pick a camp or two that makes sense as a measuring stick. BE PATIENT!
Please join us in rallying to help an Indianapolis hockey family through a very difficult time. On Saturday, January 18th, Carson Rainey and his father Gary were traveling on I-70 early in the morning through rain and snow to make it to Carson's 15U AAA game in Pittsburgh. While passing through the Dayton area, control of the vehicle was lost and Carson was ejected onto the pavement at high speed.
When help arrived on the scene Carson was transported to Dayton Children's Hospital where it was determined that he broke 3 vertebrae, lacerated his spleen and a kidney. The lasting extent of his spinal cord damage is yet to be determined. He is currently able to move all of his limbs but has not regained sensation in one of his feet. His internal injuries are expected to return to normal function.
Carson is expected to remain in Dayton until doctors determine that it's safe to move him back to a hospital in the Indy area. The Rainey family is temporarily living out of a hotel near the hospital. Their vehicle was lost in the accident.
The Rainey family is a model of what a youth sports family should be. Gary has served on several youth hockey boards throughout Carson's career and has volunteered countless hours since his son began playing. Carson's mother Christi volunteers at every Indy Fuel ECHL home game to raise money for Carson's current association, the IYHA Jr Fuel.
Please join us in financially supporting the Rainey's through a terribly unfortunate accident that all youth sports families dread hearing about. Your donations will immediately provide for their day to day expenses in Dayton and help secure a replacement vehicle. The next hurdle will be significant medical bills from emergency transportation, surgery and ICU care. Once his internal injuries heal and his spine is safe for activity, he is set to endure months of physically and financially demanding rehabilitation with the hopes of returning to full physical function.
Carson and his parents thank you in advance for your support. The hockey community is the best in sports when it comes to supporting our teammates and opponents in their time of need. Please consider donating whatever your family can afford to help out one of our own.