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Coaches Information

2015-16 Jr. Sharks Tier 1 Coaches Information

18AAA- Kyle McLaren (

Kyle is in his 4th year with the Jr. Sharks organization. He serves as the Head Coach of the 18AAA team and Assistant Coach to 16AAA American and National.

Kyle was drafted by the Boston Bruins, 9th overall, in the first round of the 1995 NHL draft. He was the youngest player in the NHL in the '95-96 season. He played for Boston from 1995-2002 before coming to San Jose. Kyle spent 6 seasons with the Sharks from 2002-2009.

Kyle believes in giving back to the community he had an opportunity to play in front of. He prides himself on teaching our players the things he learned while playing and the things he learned from the great NHL coaches he played for.

16AAA - Mike Janda (

Mike is in his 4th season with the Jr. Sharks organization. Mike is currently the Director of Coaches and Player Development and Advancement. Over the past 4 years, Mike has primarily worked with the 16AAA and 18AAA teams. Prior to San Jose, Mike was an assistant coach with the Springfield Jr. Blues of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).

During his playing days, Mike played 4 years at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). During his Junior year at RIT (2010), the team advanced to the Frozen Four before eventually losing to Wisconsin. While at RIT, Mike won 3 Regular Season Championships and 1 Conference Championship, Prior to RIT, Mike played 2 years in the USHL (Chicago Steel) and 1 year in the NAHL (Springfield Spirit). Mike grew up in Suburban Chicago and attended Fenwick High School.

Mike currently scouts for the Hartford Wolfpack (EHL). In addition to working with those teams, Mike works will multiple USHL, BCHL and NAHL teams to help find players.

Director of Jr. Sharks - Curtis Brown (


Curtis is entering his 5th season with the Jr. Sharks. Currently he coaches the 11UAAA and 13UAAA teams in addition to his duties as Director of the Jr. Sharks.

As a player Curtis developed in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for four seasons which was the path that helped him get to the National Hockey league where he spent parts of thirteen seasons with three different clubs. At the end of his playing career Curtis went to Switzerland for three seasons before returning to the Bay Area specifically to join the Jr. Sharks.

For the purpose of advancing California hockey players Curtis is a scout with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League.

Goalie Coach- Rick Cazares

Rick, originally born in San Jose, has an outstanding resume of experience including coaching with: Fredonia State University (NCAA D3), Robert Morris University (ACHA D1), The Chicago Mission, and The Chicago Bruins. Rick was also an assistant director for Midwest Goalie Schools professional development camp. Many of his students are currently playing NCAA and Professional hockey.

Currently, Rick serves as the CAHA Goaltending Directory. His primary role is to help other clubs in CAHA develop goaltenders and goaltending structure.

Notable players that Rick has worked with, include: Garret Sparks (Toronto Maple Leafs- NHL), Alex Rigsby (University of Wisconsin- Women's Team USA Gold medalist), Eric Levine (Rockford Ice Hogs- AHL), Mathias Dahlstrom (Northern Michigan- NCAA), Megan Miller (University of Wisconsin- NCAA), Adam Miller (University of Wisconsin- NCAA) and Connor Wilson (Yale University- NCAA).

Coach Rick offers many different opportunities to our Jr. Shark goalies including practice visits, private lessons, off-ice workouts, and mental strength coaching.

Please feel free to contact him via email for information on lessons or if you have any questions.