DIRECTOR OF HOCKEY
Rod Simmons brings over 30 years of hockey experience to the Junior Blades organization. For the past two seasons, Simmons has been Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach of Bridgton Academy (USHS-Prep).
Simmons coaching career began in 1998 in JR Hockey Ontario, from there he has coached in numerous leagues including NCAA, and Junior teams throughout the USA and Canada. Simmons has been named Coach of the Year four times in 2 different leagues, as well as developing numerous NCAA Division 1 hockey players.
Robinson joins the Everblades coaching staff after concluding a successful career as a goaltender in the ECHL and American Hockey League (AHL).
The Frankenmuth, Michigan native has also appeared in 18 career AHL games split between the Texas Stars (2013-14) and Springfield Falcons (2015-16). In addition, Robinson played four seasons at Michigan Tech from 2008-2012.
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Returning in 2021 for his second year, Brian will lead the Elite team into action while serving as the Assistant Coach on The Florida Jr Blades Premier Team,
Brian began coaching the Illiana Blackbirds of the MNJHL in 2014-2015 as the assistant coach. He then went on to work in multiple coaching positions until being named Head Coach of the South Shore Kings in 2019. Brian is a dedicated youth hockey coach whose experience and drive will in improving the Florida Jr. Blades organization.
With over 25 years’ experience in junior hockey, Ron Kinnear provides valuable leadership to the Jr. Blades organization. Having helped found the N.Y. Bobcats of the AJHL and the Junior Islanders of the USPHL, Kinnear serves as the President of the Jr. Blades and GM of the Jr. Islanders
Ron has helped lead teams to 12 USA Hockey National appearances and won it all in 2008. Ron has produced numerous NHL, professional and collegiate players and continues to dedicate his time to the development of USA hockey.