12U (2007) AAA Coach - Ryan Smith
Alongside 14U AAA Head Coach Jake Skjodt, Coach Smith is another Indianapolis youth hockey success story. Ryan grew up in Indy playing travel hockey locally until enrolling at Park Tudor School where he set multiple single season scoring records for Indiana High School hockey.
After his years at Park Tudor, Ryan joined the Danville Wings of the NAHL. While playing for the Wings, he earned a scholarship to play D1 college hockey for Ohio State University.
Following his retirement from playing and return to Indy, Ryan coached the Jr Ice U16 team from 2004-2006. He coached IYHA mites from 2011-2015. For the past 2 seasons, Ryan has been the head coach for the Indy Racers 10U and 12U AAA teams. In addition to coaching hockey, he has also coached youth travel soccer and baseball for the past 5 years.
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.