NAHL Springfield Jr Blues

Coaches

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.

   
 

PATRICK SCHAFER
ASSISTANT COACH


Patrick is a native of Hilliard, OH. He grew up playing youth hockey for the Cleveland Barons Youth Hockey Club before making the leap to the Barons NAHL team. As a rookie, Patrick served as the team’s Assistant Captain, earning NAHL North Division All Rookie Team.

After his rookie season, Patrick played two seasons for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. He ranked 3rd in the USHL for plus/minus and was a finalist for the Kurt Hammer Award. Patrick went on to play for The Ohio State Buckeyes and was a two-time Scholar Athlete. He played 5 seasons of professional hockey in the ECHL and CHL.

Patrick retired from professional hockey at the end of the 2013-2014 season. Upon his retirement, Patrick became the Head Coach/General Manager of the Providence Capitals USPHL Elite team in their inaugural season of 2014-2015.