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2019-2020 Travel Coaches

18U AAA (2001/2002) Jimmy Mullin - Director of Player Advancement

Coach Mullin was born in Philadelphia, PA. He moved to Florence Kentucky at the age of 3 and started playing ice hockey for the Northern Kentucky Norseman for the first 8 years of his youth hockey experience.  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 1 year in the USHL for the Fargo Force where he made the USHL All Star game, 1st team USHL all star, and lead 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 scoring leader 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 complete his college career under legendary junior and college coach Mike Hastings at Minnesota State in the WCHA.

Jimmy has been a part of the Kalamazoo Wings organization in the ECHL for the past 3 seasons.  In his only season not plagued by more injuries, he amassed 45 points in 62 games.

Jimmy is excited begin a new chapter in his hockey career helping players and families achieve their athletic and academic goals. He is very excited to use his knowledge, extensive network and passion for the game to help bring travel hockey to the next level in Indianapolis.

Jimmy and his fiancé Kenzie will be getting married in the summer of 2020.

16U AAA (2003) 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. He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, college hockey’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy during 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, that began in the American Hockey League and ECHL. After three pro seasons in the US, he skated for 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 Indy Fuel from 2014-2016.

U15 AAA (2004) 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 nearly 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-- presented 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. In addition to his role with the Jr Fuel, Coach Boone conducts skills and body contact development out of his local rink in Columbus, IN.

14U AAA (2005) Jake Skjodt

Jake Skjodt was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. Growing up, Skjodt played youth hockey for the Indy Blues & Indianapolis Checkers before attending Cathedral High School. While at Cathedral, he was a part of back to back State Championship teams during his Sophomore and Junior seasons. After his Junior year, he joined the Indy Jr. Ice U18 AAA. 

Skjodt then played two seasons in the USHL with the Indiana Ice (2006-2008) followed by playing collegiate hockey for the University of Nebraska-Omaha (D-I) and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Points (D-III).

Once completing his playing career, Skjodt returned to Indianapolis and coached the Indiana Jr. Ice U18 AAA (2011-12) & Indiana Jr. Ice U16 AAA (2012-14).

Skjodt then departed Indianapolis to be a part of the inaugural coaching staff for the Arizona State University Sun Devils (D-I, 2015-16). While coaching at Arizona St. Jake attained his master's degree in Higher Ed.

Upon returning from Arizona, Skjodt has been coaching with the Indy Jr. Fuel youth organization, U12 AA (2018-19) & U10 AA (2017-18) and resides in Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis, IN.

13U AAA (2006) Brent Gwidt - Director of Player Development

Brent was born and raised in Minocqua, WI and started playing organized hockey at the age of 4 for his hometown organization the Lakeland Hawks. Brent attended Lakeland Union High School and earned 4 varsity letters.

In the summer following his senior season, Brent was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 6th round 157th overall in the NHL Entry Draft.

Brent went on to play three seasons for the Indiana Ice in the USHL(2006-2009). In the 08-09 season Brent was team captain; leading the Ice to their first ever Clark Cup under Head Coach Jeff Blashill, current bench boss of the Detroit Red Wings.

In the fall of 2009 Brent received a Division 1 scholarship to the University of Nebraska-Omaha. While at UNO Brent played 144 games tallying 19 goals and 20 assists.

In 2013 Brent started his pro career with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL and eventually played 3 full seasons with the Grizzlies. In his third and final pro season (15-16) he was named team captain.

Brent has a desire to help all hockey players reach their true potential both as a hockey player and as a person He brings a tremendous amount of passion and leadership to the Jr Fuel.

Brent married his wife, Amanda in August of 2014. Brent, Amanda and their 17-month-old son, Ryder moved to Indiana in April of 2018, and currently live in Fishers.  

12U AAA (2007) Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith, alongside 14UAAA Head Coach Jake Skjodt, 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 and return to Indy, Ryan coached the Jr Ice U16's 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 travel soccer and baseball for the past 5 years.

11U AAA (2008) AJ McIntosh

Coach McIntosh was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Following youth hockey, AJ competed in the  Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

Aj moved to Indiana in 1985 to race a sprint car for his father, Lyn McIntosh. While racing, Coach McIntosh earned a degree in Education from Indiana University. He has been a Physical Education Teacher at Park Tudor School for past 26 years

Aj began his coaching career with the Indianapolis Racers ‘96 birthyear for 4 seasons and turned them into one of the most successful age groups in Indy youth hockey history. The group won a Bantam Central States Developmental League Championship in 2010 and a U14 Tier II National Championship in 2011.

Coach McIntosh led Park Tudor School’s hockey team to 7 High School State Championships and 2 Midwest League Championships.

In addition to his youth hockey coaching, Aj coaches the 12U soccer team at Park Tudor and 10U Lacrosse for the Carmel Dad’s Club.

10U AAA (2009/2010) Eric Olimb

Coach Olimb grew up in the north woods of Minnesota. He played high school hockey for Warroad High School alongside NHL superstar TJ Oshie. After winning the prestigious Minnesota high school state championship, he first came to Indy as a member of the Ice in the USHL from 2005-2007. While playing for the Ice, he received a scholarship to play for NCAA division 1 University of Nebraska-Omaha. After 4 years on the varsity squad and leading WCHA defensemen in scoring during his senior season, he played professionally in the ECHL and in Norway's top league.

Upon retirement, Eric moved back to Indy, married his wife, and has been coaching youth hockey ever since.

Eric coached various Indy travel teams including 16U AAA and was head coach of the '01 PW Major team that won the Central States playoff championship and competed in the renowned Quebec International Peewee tournament.