Coaches

Hockey Director and Head Varsity Coach, Mike DiStefano
Hockey Director and Head Varsity Coach, Mike DiStefano
Mike is an accomplished hockey coach with decades of playing and coaching experience with youth hockey players in the Chicagoland area. He has served as a Head Coach for multiple organizations and has a consistent track record of building winning teams, developing hockey players across all age groups, and teaching leadership principles among his student athletes. Most recently Mike served as Head Coach of the Chicago Hawks Central States PeeWee and Bantam Teams (2020-present). Prior to that, Mike served as the Head Coach for the Orland Park Vikings Program (from 2012-2020) from Squirt Level to Bantam Level. During his tenure with these programs, Mike won two division championships, a NIHL Championship, A State Championship, and twelve tournament championships. Mike also provides private coaching instruction to players across the Chicago areas across all age groups, including high school athletes, as high as AAA and Major Junior Levels.
Assistant Varsity Coach, Jack Shadle
Assistant Varsity Coach, Jack Shadle
Jack Shadle has coached at the bantam level for the Chicago Hawks since 2020, responsible for teams such as Bantam NIHL3 and Bantam Central States Prospects. Jack’s coaching repertoire also includes a stint with a PeeWee NIHL Elite team which finished 3rd in the State in 2021. Jack was a lifelong Central States Chicago Hawks player, played for Lyons Township High School and went on to play ACHA Division 1 hockey with Illinois State University. Jack was twice recognized as an ACHA Academic Honors Award recipient while at ISU. Jack’s coaching philosophy will emphasize strong skating technique, team passion, and a personal commitment to training to get the very best out of each player.
Assistant Varsity Coach, Ken O’Connor
Assistant Varsity Coach, Ken O’Connor
Ken served as an Assistant Coach for the Chicago Hawks since 2020 including Bantam Central States Prospects, Bantam NIHL3, and Bantam NIHL1, winning four tournament championships during his tenure. Ken played locally with Lyons Township, the Chicago Hawks and Bruins. Ken went on to play college hockey with St. Mary’s University and Iowa State University. Ken was recognized with an ACHA Academic Honors Award while at St. Mary’s. Ken’s coaching philosophies will focus on tough, physical play, strong puck movement, and team chemistry.
Head JV Coach, Pete Volpe
Head JV Coach, Pete Volpe
Coach Pete has coached youth hockey for over 25 years. He has coached Central States AA for the Chicago Blues, Huskies and Darien Hawks. He has also coaches for Lyons Township High School. Coach Pete is the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Functional Athlete in Countryside, IL. As a player, he played AAA, Junio B, and at the NCAA level for UIC in 1981. He is a level 4 certified coach.
Assistant JV Coach, Tim Andersen
Assistant JV Coach, Tim Andersen
Coach Tim has been coaching hockey since 2010. He has coached at the Chicago Hawks, Lyons Townnship at the Varsity/JV level and JV for Hindsdale Central. In the off-season, Coach Pete, as an outdoorsman, likes to hunt and fish.
Goalie Coach, Jared Shadle
Goalie Coach, Jared Shadle
Jared's playing career included the Chicago Hawks and was a 4-year goalie playing Division 2 at Illinois State University. Jared was President of Illinois State's Hockey Program in 2021 and excelled academically making Dean's List from 2020-2022. Jared mentored three Division 1 goalies as a senior at Illinois State, as well as experience in coaching Chicago Hawks goalies starting in 2018. Jared worked under Ross McKay with the Hawks organization during weekly goalie instruction and many of his coaching philosophies have been honed through that experience. In Jared's own words, his coaching philosophies for his goalies include: "Never giving up on a puck, active legs and hands, leading with the stick, short term memory on goals given up, and playing for the love of the game."

Varsity

Will Deverick, #4
Will Deverick, #4

I play forward and defense for Eagles Hockey Club.  My favorite memory was spending with my hockey friends, especially in Nashville.   We would go miles on electric scooters and it was so fun, even though we lost a close game in the Championship!  

Alex Karnavas, #5
Alex Karnavas, #5

I play Right wing.   I've been playing hockey since I was 4 years old.   My favorite memory is scoring 5 goals in one game.   I love being on Eagles Hockey Club since I got to meet new friends!   

Avery Bochenek, Varsity All-Star defense player of Eagles Hockey Club
Avery Bochenek, #6

I play defense and forward for the Eagles Hockey Club.  I’ve been playing hockey since I was 5 years old.  My favorite memory was the Tennessee tournament last year.   My favorite player is Martin Necas.  

Aidan Gambino, #9
Aidan Gambino, #9

I play Forward - Right Wing.  I have been playing hockey for around 7-8 years.  My favorite memory is when I played with the Hawks and we went to Tampa last year for a tournament.   My inspiration to play hockey came from watching my brother play a while ago.  I always thought it was a fun sport to watch and play.   

Michael Egan, #11
Michael Egan, #11

I play center for the Eagles.  I’ve been playing hockey for 8 years.  My favorite memory has been going on out of state tournaments with the team, like to Pittsburgh.   My favorite player is Alex DeBrincat.  

Alan Fako, #12
Alan Fako, #12

I play defense for the team.   I have been playing hockey for 9 years.  My favorite memory is going on hockey tournaments.  And one of my favorite hobbies is working out at the gym. 

Demetri Sitelis, #15
Demetri Sitelis, #15

I play defense for the Eagles Varsity team.  I've been playing for 10 years, since I was 5 years old!   My favorite memory was the Nashville Tournament last year.   And Patrick Kane is my favorite player!

Connor Begley, #19
Connor Begley, #19

I play Defense for the team.  I have been playing hockey for 12 years.  My favorite memory from hockey was winning a championship my first year playing hockey! 

Keegan Dickinson, #24
Keegan Dickinson, #24

I play wing for the Eagles Hockey Club.   I’ve been playing hockey since 1st grade.   My favorite members are from Nashville last year.  One of my most inspirational players is Mitch Marner.  

Andrew Slater, #27
Andrew Slater, #27

I play right wing for the Eagles.   I’ve played hockey for 12 years.  My favorite memory was when we had outdoor games and I scored!   I love all the experiences this team has brought to me!   

Matt Ogean, #28
Matt Ogean, #28

I play goalie for the Eagles Hockey Club.  I’ve been playing hockey for 10 years!  My favorite memory is the fun we had at the Pittsburgh tournament.  My inspiration is Corey Price. 

Max Montalvo, #48
Max Montalvo, #48

I play left wing for the team.  I have been playing hockey since I was three.  My favorite memory was the Nashville tournament last year.  I model my game after Austin Mathews and he is also my favorite player. 

Sam Lee, #53
Sam Lee, #53

I play defense for Eagles Hockey Club.  I’ve been playing hockey for 8 years.   I think that the people here have been a blessing.  The team is going to propel me to being a successful person.  

Gavin Ryan, #66
Gavin Ryan, #66

I play right wing for Eagles Hockey Club.  I have been playing hockey for 11 years.  My favorite memory was riding electric scooters around Nashville at last year's tournament.  My inspirations are my dad and brother.  

Jason Sullivan, #72
Jason Sullivan, #72

I play Center for the team.   I have been playing hockey for 8 years.  My favorite memory is riding bird bikes around Nashville with the whole team.  We even rode them to a game!    

Scotty Miklos, #77
Scotty Miklos, #77

I play forward for the club.  I have been playing since I was 5.  I live by Wayne Gretzky's quote "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take," so I always try to go for it!   My big brother Max is my inspiration.  I would not be playing if it weren't for him and he has helped me become the player I am today.  

Ethan Kavouras, #94
Ethan Kavouras, #94

I play center for Eagles Hockey.   I’ve been playing since I was 11 years old.   My favorite memory was when Metro Boomin made it Boom in St. Louis.   Honorable mention was messing around with the team at the hotel.

Mark Mueller, #97
Mark Mueller, #97

I play Center for the team.   I have been playing hockey for 6 years now.  One of my favorite memories is winning a Championship on Notre Dame's ice.   It was a cool experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.  A motto I follow is to just keep pushing through your obstacles to get to your goals!

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Junior Varsity

Myles Jacquez, #1
Myles Jacquez, #1

I have been playing hockey for about 6 years.  My all time favorite memory happened in Pittsburgh in Feb 2020.  In the semi-finals of our game, I scored a game winning goal on a breakaway with 1.5 seconds left in the game.  My favorite inspirational quote is from an unknown author - "It's not how big you are, it's how big you play!".  

Logan MacInnis, #2
Logan MacInnis, #2
Joshua Sokolov, #7
Joshua Sokolov, #7

I play defense for Eagles Hockey Club.   I have been playing for over 10 years including for Arctic Fury and Darien Hawks.   My favorite memory is when I sliced my ankle open during a playoff game, taped it with stick tape, and finished with a win!   Then went to the ER for 5 stitches.   But it was well worth it!  

Devin Wiegel, #8
Devin Wiegel, #8

I play defense for the team.  I've been playing hockey since I was 8 years old.  My favorite memory was our tournament last year in Nashville where we became a family.  My biggest goal is to push myself every day to become a college hockey player.

Reily Gudaneau, #10
Reily Gudaneau, #10

I play center for the team.  I started hockey when I was 6 years old for the St. Jude Knights.  My favorite memory was scoring my first hat trick.   My favorite quote is "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" by Wayne Gretzky.   My inspiration is playing the sport and leaving has made my realize this is the sport for me!   I'm so happy to be back on the ice!   

Alex Stelter, #13
Alex Stelter, #13

I play left wing for the Eagles.  I started playing hockey when I was 6.  I've had so many memories throughout my time playing hockey, like my teammates and coaches. I have had so much fun playing hockey and going on tournaments.  I can't wait for what will happen this season!   

Alan Maerz, #16
Alan Maerz, #16

I play defense for the Eagles.  I have been playing hockey for 9 years and have made lots of friends.  My favorite quote is "You miss 100% of the shots you never take" by Wayne Gretzky.   Lastly, my inspiration is my Dad because he is the one that got me into hockey.    

Noah Borner, #17
Noah Borner, #17

I play Center for the Eagles Hockey Club.  I've played hockey for 9 years and this will be my 10th.  My favorite memories from hockey have to be all the times hanging out with the team while on Eagles.  My favorite player has always been Patrick Kane.   

Riley Sweeney, #18
Riley Sweeney, #18

I play defense for the team.  I've been playing hockey since I was 7 years old.   My favorite memory is winning the tournament championship game when I was a PeeWee at Notre Dame on the Compton Main Rink.  My favorite quote is: "the harder you work, the easier it looks."  My Dad and Jonathan Toews are my biggest inspirations in life. 

Matthew Madden, #22
Matthew Madden, #22

I play wing for the Eagles Hockey Club.   This is my first hockey season.   My favorite hockey player is Patrick Kane.  My favorite hockey memory is from 2016 when I went to my first Hawks game with my Dad. My favorite hockey movie is "MIracle".   And my favorite quote is "It is not how good you are.  It is how good you want to be" - Connor McDavid.  

George Alex, #25
George Alex, #25

This is my first year with the Eagles Hockey Club.   I’ve been playing hockey for 9 years.  My favorite memory is going to Wisconsin Dells to play in a tournament 3 years ago.  I’ve been inspired by Duncan Keith to be a good defenseman.   

Andrew Nickless, #35
Andrew Nickless, #35

I play left wing for the team.  I have been playing hockey since I was 8 years old  My favorite hockey player is Pavel Datsyuk.  My favorite hockey memory is the Nashville Tournament last year.  

Jacob Rihani, #37
Jacob Rihani, #37

I play center for Eagles Hockey.  I have been playing hockey for 9 years.  My inspiration is my old coach who died from COVID but helped Mel earn a lot.  My favorite quote is “Give 100% effort 100% of the time!” 

Jad Dikeidek, #38
Jad Dikeidek, #38

I play forward for the hockey team.  I started skating when I was 4 years old and I started playing hockey when I was 8 years old.  I enjoy spending time with my dad learning computer security.   My favorite memory is winning the Madison Bantam hockey tournament last year.   My favorite food is chicken wings.   My favorite quote is "The will must be stronger than the skill".   

Michael Brann, #39
Michael Brann, #39

I play right wing for the team.   I’ve been playing hockey since my freshman year.  I started playing hockey because of the success of the Blackhawks and I love the sport!  My favorite player is Logan Couture and my favorite memory is out tournament in Pittsburgh.  

Brandon Kocolowski, #60
Brandon Kocolowski, #60

I play Goalie for the Eagles Hockey Club.  I'm a sophomore at Sandburg.  I've been playing hockey for 8 years now and have been a full time goalie for 7 years.  I previously played hockey for the Orland Vikings and Jolliet Jaguars.  My favorite player is Marc-Andre Fleury and I loved seeing him in a Hawks sweater last year.  After high school, I plan to going to school to be a pilot.  

Cian Thiesse, #64
Cian Thiesse, #64

I play right wing for the Eagles Hockey Club.   I have been playing hockey since 3rd grade.   My favorite thing about playing hockey is how physical it is!    

Hayden Horton, #87
Hayden Horton, #87

I have been playing hockey since I was 6 years old.  My favorite memory playing on Eagles Hockey was the team bonding we all made playing in the city of Nashville.  My favorite quote is "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" - Wayne Gretzky. 

Brock Dickinson, #90
Brock Dickinson, #90

I play goalie for the Eagles Hockey Club.  I've been playing hockey for about 9-10 years.  My favorite memory is all of the tournaments I've been to.  My favorite player is Carey Price.   

Jacob Kubas, #91
Jacob Kubas, #91

I play right wing for the Eagles.  My favorite memory is hanging out with all of my teammates at the Nashville Tournament.  My favorite quote is "Work Hard, Play Hard."   I've been playing hockey for 3 years.