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TONY ZASOWSKI
HEAD COACH/GM
tzasowski@jrblues.com


Tony Zasowski is a native of Darien, IL.  Tony grew up playing goal for Team Illinois and Chicago Young Americans before playing junior hockey for the Lindsay Muskies in the OHA.  

From there Tony played for the Green Bay Gamblers winning a Anderson and Gold Cup Championship.  He finished his junior hockey career with the Omaha Lancers where he won a Clark Cup along with earning USHL Goaltender of the Year honors.  Tony went on to play for the University of Notre Dame where he was rookie of the year for the Irish.  He finished up his playing career with the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL.

After his playing days, Tony began his coaching career with Brother Rice high school in Chicago by leading them to an Elite Eight finish in the state.  From there he coached with the Springfield Spirit (NAHL), Chicago Steel(USHL) and Pensacola Ice Pilots (ECHL).  The last five seasons Tony has been the President and Midget AAA Head Coach with the San Jose Jr. Sharks hockey club.  During his tenure with the Jr. Sharks, Tony's teams won 2 CAHA state championships along with 2 NAPHL regular season championships.  He takes the most pride in the many players who he has helped promote to junior, ACHA, and NCAA hockey.

Tony is a USA Hockey level 5 coach.  He has worked four USA Hockey Select Festivals as a coach coach/evaluator along with speaking about goaltending at the Level 4 Pacific District Coaching Seminar the last 3 seasons.

Tony resides in Springfield with his wife DJ.

   
  NEIL BREEN
ASSISTANT COACH
nbreen@jrblues.com

860.324.4878


Neil Breen (Nick Named “Breener”) began his junior hockey career as a sixteen year old with the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League where he established himself as a gritty player with the ability to score. Early in his second season in the BCHL, Omaha Lancers head Coach Mike Hastings brought Neil to the Lancers where he became the Lancer’s Captain, MVP, and a USHL All Star.  Neil along with Coach Zasowski led the Lancers to a Clark Cup Championship.

Neil received a scholarship to Quinnipiac University where he was again named team captain and led the team to the NCAA Division I Playoffs. Neil and his playoff team were recently inducted into the Quinnipiac Hall of Fame.

After playing a year of Pro in the Central Hockey League Neil left hockey to become a school teacher but his love for the game drew him back and he took a position as an Assistant Coach with the Hartford Junior Wolf Pack of the Eastern Hockey League where he developed junior players both on and off the ice as well as coaching the U16 team.

Breener’s motto is “You can’t beat compete.” so he incorporates what he has learned as a Teacher, Mixed Martial Artist, and Hockey Player into developing young players on and off the ice, as well as in the classroom.

Neil said this, “I don’t know if I can explain how excited I am to be reunited with Coach Zow and becoming a part of the Jr. Blues Family.” “This time of the season it is all about focus and compete so I’m looking forward to helping Coach Zow maintain what he has already established.”