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JBH Announces Coaches for AA Teams


NEWARK, Del. — The Delaware Jr. Blue Hens, in conjunction with First State Ice Hockey, announced Tuesday (May 4) the coaching staff for their AA-level teams at the 14U through 18U age divisions.

Sean Cannon, First State’s hockey director, brings two decades of coaching experience to the Jr. Blue Hens’ top 18U team. Cannon, a New York native whose experience has run the gamut from mites to collegiate hockey, also serves as head coach for the Avon Grove (Pa.) High School varsity hockey team and is a former coach of the Valley Forge Minutemen (Oaks, Pa.) of the Tier 1 Atlantic Youth Hockey League.

Joining Cannon at the helm of the Jr. Blue Hens’ teams are Nick Giusti (16U), Bob Thomas (15U) and Ensley Milton (14U), who will work alongside established JBH coaches Al Gallo (18U), Vince Falkowski (16U) and Chris Mayville (14U). The entire staff boasts high-level playing and coaching experience, and will enhance the Jr. Blue Hens’ product with their mix of skill development, “Hockey IQ” and situational assessment abilities.

Players interested in joining any of the Jr. Blue Hens teams are encouraged to register via the Registration tab on this website.  Evaluations for Bantams and Midgets are scheduled for the evenings of Monday, May 10; Wednesday, May 12; and Tuesday, May 18, at the University of Delaware Gold Arena.

Who are the Jr. Blue Hens?

The Delaware Jr. Blue Hens are a USA Hockey Tier II youth ice hockey club that plays out of the University of Delaware Ice Arenas located in Newark, DE. For the 2021-2022 season, we will field travel teams from Mites (U8) to Midget Major (U18). We are a member of the Delaware Valley Hockey League (DVHL).


  • To educate, promote and encourage the sport of ice hockey;
  • To teach players the fundamentals of ice hockey;
  • To provide players with the highest level of compatible competition consistent with the financial resources of the corporation and its members;
  • To instill in its members and players a sound appreciation of fair play and healthy competition; and
  • To promote sociability and friendship among its members and players.

2021-2022 Coaching Application

You can access the online coaching application here:

2021-2022 Coaching Application


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A bench minor penalty for unsportsmanlike behavior shall be assessed to any team whose player(s) or team officials bang the boards with a stick or any other object, including skates or arms, at any time, including after a body check regardless as to whether the check was penalized or not.

The spirit and intent of this rule is to eliminate unsportsmanlike behavior that is designed to “taunt” or “intimidate” an opponent through the celebration of an unnecessary or illegal body check.  Simply banging the stick, or other object, against the boards while on the player’s bench is not a penalty.  However, it is deemed to be unsportsmanlike conduct and should be penalized when done as a means of escalating dangerous and/or unnecessary physical play where there is no intent to legally gain possession of the puck. 

The correct procedure to apply this interpretation is to first warn the offending team once after the first violation.  Any further violation of this policy by the same team should be penalized by assessing a bench minor to the team under Rule 601(b)1 & 5.  This bench minor is to be served by a player on the ice at the time of the infraction.  Once this bench minor has been served, any further violations by the same team shall be penalized by assessing a bench minor penalty.

If a bench minor penalty for a violation of this policy is being served and before that bench minor expires another violation by the same team occurs that teams head coach shall be assessed a game misconduct under Rule601(e)1.

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