About the Our Coaches
Head Coach Mike Kosziwka
Mike has been an Elite Hockey Player and Trainer for over 25 years. During his minor hockey career, Mike played exclusively for the Halton Hurricanes AAA from Novice to Minor Midget, claiming numerous tournament championships and OMHA titles with the highlight being a second place finish in the Quebec International Peewee Tournament, losing only to the Czechs in the finals and claiming the honor of top Canadian team in the tournament.
His Junior Career started with Orangeville Junior B and included stints with the Georgetown Raiders, Wexford Raiders, and finished with the Streetsville Derbys where he received a full NCAA Division 1 Scholarship to the Clarkson Golden Knights where he also excelled academically by making the Dean’s list as well as the All American All Academic Team. Unfortunately, a serious concussion cut Mike’s career short as he made the decision to give up his NHL dream to pursue a life after hockey.
Mike has received training, from and with hundreds of Elite Athletes and has over 20 years of training experience; everything from skating, puck handling, strategy, and off ice training, to a specialty in shooting. Mike has the ability and desire to transfer his vast wealth of knowledge onto the next generation of players and/or coaches in a fun and rewarding environment.Mike firmly believes that kids should be excited to succeed rather than afraid to fail and utilizes many different forms of technology to bring out the best of the athletes he trains.
Buffalo Jr. Wings
Head Coach Bob Janosz
Bob Janosz brings over 30 years of experience as a player and coach.
Bob Janosz has instructed goaltenders of all ages and skill levels for over 20 years; utilizing each goaltender’s strengths, while improving areas of weakness. Bob has been employed by the Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers NHL teams the past 10 years to work with their prospects in the AHL. During that time he has worked with 7 different NHL head goalie coaches, as well as several NHL, AHL, and ECHL goaltenders. Bob is currently the head goalie coach of the Niagara IceDogs in the OHL.
That experience has provided him with a wide range of goaltending philosophy and knowledge. Bob has also been heavily involved with USA Hockey the past 10 years as well as the Warren Strelow National Goaltending Program since its creation.
- Current Niagara IceDog Goalie Coach-OHL
- Development Goaltender Coach Buffalo Sabres – NHL 8 years
- Development Goaltender Coach Florida Panthers – NHL 2 years
- Head Goaltender Coach Rochester Americans – AHL 10 Years
- USA Hockey Scout and Coach – 10 Years
- USA Hockey Level 5 Coach
- Former Pro – ECHL, UHL – Muskegon Fury Rookie of the Year
- 4 Year Division 1 standout at Canisius College
- 3 Time Jr. “A” All Star (NAHL)
- Masters degree in Physical Edu. and Health
Head Coach Junior Wings U7 Hockey Team
Josh Pritchard, a dedicated and passionate hockey enthusiast, currently holds the position of Head Coach for the Junior Wings U7 hockey team. With a profound commitment to player development and a wealth of coaching experience, Josh plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of young athletes in the world of hockey.
Before taking on the leadership role with the Junior Wings, Josh dedicated numerous years to coaching within the Ajax Pickering Raiders and Ajax Knights organizations. His tenure in these esteemed programs allowed him to refine his coaching skills, foster player growth, and contribute significantly to the development of youth hockey in the community.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Josh serves as a hockey instructor for DHD (Durham Hockey Development), where he continues to share his expertise and passion for the game with aspiring players. Through his role as an instructor, Josh has positively impacted the skill sets and hockey IQ of countless young individuals, further solidifying his reputation as a respected figure in the hockey coaching community.
Known for his emphasis on sportsmanship, teamwork, and skill development, Josh Pritchard is more than a coach — he is a mentor, guiding young athletes on their journey to success both on and off the ice. His commitment to fostering a positive and inclusive environment for players of all skill levels exemplifies his dedication to the growth and future of the sport.
As Head Coach of the Junior Wings U7 hockey team, Josh Pritchard continues to inspire and lead the next generation of hockey players, instilling in them not only a love for the game but also the values of discipline, perseverance, and camaraderie that extend far beyond the rink.
Head Coach, Junior Wings U8 Hockey Team
Colin Organ, a seasoned coach with a passion for player development, currently serves as the Head Coach of the Junior Wings U8 hockey team. With a reputation for being exceptionally prepared and organized, Colin is dedicated to nurturing the talents of young athletes and fostering a love for the game.
Before assuming his current role with the Junior Wings, Colin dedicated several years to coaching both hockey and soccer in the Durham, Ontario area. His coaching journey in the local sports community has been marked by a commitment to excellence and a focus on instilling valuable life skills in his players.
Known for his meticulous approach to coaching, Colin Organ brings a level of preparation and organization that sets a high standard in the development of young athletes. His attention to detail and structured coaching style create an environment where players not only thrive on the ice but also develop important attributes such as discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
Colin’s coaching philosophy goes beyond the game, emphasizing the importance of a well-rounded athletic experience. His ability to connect with players on a personal level, coupled with his strategic coaching methods, has earned him the respect and admiration of both players and parents alike.
As Head Coach of the Junior Wings U8 hockey team, Colin Organ continues to bring his passion for the sport to the forefront. Under his guidance, young athletes not only refine their hockey skills but also learn valuable lessons that extend far beyond the rink. Colin’s commitment to the development of well-rounded individuals is evident in every aspect of his coaching style.
Head Coach, Junior Wings U9 Hockey Team
Meet Andre Darlow, a seasoned leader in the world of youth hockey. Currently serving as the Head Coach of the Junior Wings U9 hockey team, Andre brings a wealth of experience and passion to the rink.
With a coaching journey spanning over 15 years, Andre’s expertise has been honed through a distinguished career, primarily as a head coach in the Markham Majors and Ajax Pickering Raiders organizations. His commitment to player development and leadership on the ice has left an impressionable mark on the young athletes he’s had the privilege to guide.
Beyond the rink, Andre is the visionary founder of the Junior Wings hockey organization, a testament to his dedication to creating an environment where young players not only excel in their skills but also learn valuable life lessons.
In addition to his coaching and organizational roles, Andre is a co-founder of the prestigious TEP Tournament, an annual Jr. A hockey event that has become a highlight on the hockey calendar. The tournament’s success is a testament to Andre’s commitment to providing a platform for young talents to showcase their skills while fostering a spirit of sportsmanship and friendly competition.
KLEVR Young Kings Toronto
Kris Versteeg and Steve Foston
Steve grew up in Whitby playing AAA for Whitby Wildcats, then moved to Jr. A and played for Oshawa Legionnaires and the Durham Fury. Steve has 4 years of previous coaching experience with youth hockey.
U9 Aces Red Head Coach AND
U8 Black Tier 2
As a player Grant grew playing the GTHL and went on to gain both Canadian University and Minor Professional experience. Between running camps for the City of Toronto, strength and conditioning, and on-ice work, he has been teaching for over 15 years. Grant has an Honours Degree from Queen’s University in Physical Education and Health, as well as one year of Music taken at the University of Toronto. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Sports Nutritionist designated under the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He has worked with players ranging from Tyke to the NHL level. Grant currently owns his own business which provides on-ice skill coaching and health consulting through the lens of training / nutrition / lifestyle / mindfulness support to both athletes and non-athletes.
U7 GTA Aces Coach
As a former player, Lorne spent his formative years playing in the GTHL AAA level and even had the privilege of attending minor professional hockey camps. With 18 years of experience as a head coach in the GTHL AAA level, and 2 years of experience in the OMHA AAA level across various age groups, he has accumulated valuable knowledge and expertise. Lorne takes pride in mentoring numerous athletes at the AAA hockey level, as well as supporting and guiding other coaches in their development. Additionally, he served as an assistant coach for a Junior hockey A club, contributing to the team’s success and the growth and development of its players. During his tenure as a head coach, he had the privilege of witnessing several of his players getting drafted to higher levels in their hockey careers, both at the amateur and professional level. To further enhance his hockey knowledge, Lorne became HP1 high-performance certified from Hockey Canada. Beyond coaching, Lorne is an accomplished elite skills instructor with two decades of experience, working with players from minor hockey to the professional level. Lorne’s extensive background in hockey, both as a player and as a coach, allows him to bring a wealth of experience and professionalism. Lorne is committed to creating a positive and competitive environment that fosters player development and success.
U8 GTA Aces Red Head Coach
Ben Zelikovitz has been playing hockey for over 35 years at the AA/AAA level in the Greater Toronto Hockey League followed by the shortest Jr. B career in GOJHL history. Ben’s focus as a coach is to foster a strong team culture and to develop well rounded and resilient hockey players. Together with the GTA Aces’ professional skill coaches, Ben and his coaching staff believe strongly in the KSL’s focus on Play, Compete and Develop. Ben is a certified Hockey Canada coach and lives in downtown Toronto with his family. When not coaching hockey, Ben is a CEO and Cofounder of a small technology company.
GTA Aces U9 Black Coach
Coach David Kostuch’s hockey career started in Richmond Hill, playing AAA with the Stars in the OMHA. From there, he played and captained the Jr. A Markham Waxers, played for Team Canada U20, and was given a full scholarship to play NCAA Division 1 at Canisius College. While at Canisius college, he won Rookie of the Year and All Rookie Team in the Atlantic Hockey Division. He was also on the Hobey Baker Ballot as a rookie.
After Canisius College, he played professional hockey for a couple years in Poland. In his rookie season, he was honoured to play in the All Star game, and won a Championship with Cracovia.
David’s young coaching career has had the privilege of coaching U7, U8 and U9 age groups. David is committed to create a disciplined, hard working, focused and fun environment for these age groups, as these are the most important years for development. He has a genuine passion and desire to pass on his knowledge and skill of the game.
My playing career started in the Petrolia Minor hockey system where I learned the fundamentals of hockey. I then graduated to the Lambton Lightning AAA program which spanned over 4 years in the Sarnia-Lambton area.
At age 15, I played Junior B hockey for the hometown Petrolia Jets. After a successful season, I was drafted 21st overall by the London Knights in the 2000 OHL Entry Draft. I went on to play 4 seasons with the London Knights from 2000-2004 and was lucky to be on successful teams during my tenure.
In 2005, I was traded to the Peterborough Pete’s where we enjoyed a great run and we were eliminated in the conference finals to the Ottawa 67’s. After 289 games played in the OHL, this was the end of my OHL career.
In 2006, I had the opportunity to play professionally for the Port Huron Flags of the UHL for 1 season.
In 2007, I retired from professional hockey and took a career with Hydro One where I am in my 18th year employed as a lineman.
After retirement I remained active watching lots of hockey in our community. With 3 young kids all involved in hockey, I took the opportunity to coach my son in U9 hockey this year, for the Lambton Middlesex Lightning of the KSL.
Philly Young Kings
He began his professional career in the 2009–10 season, playing the majority of the season in the ECHL with the Kalamazoo Wings, but also playing three games in the American Hockey League with the Worcester Sharks. He was a member of 2010–11 Kalamazoo Wings Eastern Conference Championship team.
Versteeg also spent time playing with the Trenton Titans, in the ECHL from the 2011-12 to 2012-13 seasons.
He has spent time playing professionally in Germany with the Heilbronner Falken, the EC Bad Nauheim, and the ESV Kaufbeuren. Additionally, he has played for the HK Nita and the Ferencvarosi TC.
Versteeg is also the Co-Founder of Klevr.ai with his brothers Kris and Bryce, and Josh McNevin.
Philly Young Kings
O’Malley played college hockey at Castleton University where he knew he played for four years against the best competition that Division III NCAA hockey has to offer.
Since completing his college career Ryan has coached the Venom Hockey Club, a Mite Major and Minor program out of South Jersey where he recently led the Mite Major 2013 team to the NEHL title. He has also been the head coach of the V Hockey Spring / Summer 2013 Elite team having led them to finishing as finalists of the Boston Showdown (2022 & 2023), The Battle of the Windy City (2021), and Kings of Vegas (2022). The team also won Championships at the Shamrock Elite (2022 & 2023) and Boston Selects (2021).
He also serves as Head Coach of Philadelphia Hockey Club 2013 Squirt Major AAA Team that plays in the AYHL and was previously ranked as high as #5 in the Nation during their Squirt Minor Season. The team is the defending AYHL Regular Season and Playoff Champions.
Ryan also works as an Atlantic District scout for a progressive scouting services company called NeutralZone, seeing some of the top upcoming talent in the tri-state area.
Philly Young Kings
Mueller joined the Young Kings in the Spring 2023, and made his mark right away.
Hunter was born in Midland, Michigan and played for the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals, Chicago Mission, and Pittsburgh Penguins Elite.
After playing amateur hockey, Hunter joined the Penguins Elite program, and is currently a skating and skills coach at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex and will be the Head Coach of the 2014 Squirt Minor team for the upcoming 2023-24 season.
Mueller has also previously coached the 2012 and 2013 Pens Elite teams.
Mueller serves as the Assistant Coach of Team Pennsylvania Brick.
In his debut season with the Young Kings, Mueller guided the 2016 Elite team to Titles at the Lil 66ers Elite Invitational, Toronto Bauer Shootout, and the Boston Showdown. He also guided the 2011 Elite team to the Title at the SoCal Freeze Out.
Mark grew up in York Region and played AAA for the York Simcoe Express Hockey Association for most of his minor hockey career. He has been coaching U7 and U11 hockey for the last five seasons and is passionate about developing young hockey players both on and off the ice. He is also a leadership coach and applies a variety of leadership techniques and approaches to ensure that each player has a tailored development plan that will allow them to improve and succeed.