One of the most prominent youth coaches in Southern California, Jeff Turcotte boasts am impressive resume that includes 16 California Amateur Hockey Association state championships, eight Pacific District titles and six trips to the USA Hockey National Championships where he’s twice led his team to a gold medal.
Turcotte, who began his coaching career 17 years ago with the Pasadena Maple Leafs, also coached with the California Wave and LA Hockey Club/LA Selects programs before joining the Jr. Kings in 2012. Over the years, he’s helped develop a number of professional, NCAA and high-level junior standouts.
A co-founder of the Wave, Turcotte helped guide a team that included defenseman Jonathan Blum, who went on to become the first California-born-and-trained player to be selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft (23rd overall by the Nashville Predators in 2007), to runner-up finishes at the USA Hockey National Championships at the Midget AAA and Bantam AAA levels. The team proved victorious at a prestigious international Bantam tournament in Kamloops, British Columbia, in 2004.
His gold medals at the USA Hockey National Championships came at the Bantam AAA levels in 2003 with the Wave and 2006 with the LA Selects.
Turcotte, a Montreal native and the head instructor of Turcotte Hockey School for the last 23 years, played junior hockey in the U.S. and Canada, including three years in the Ontario Hockey League with the Toronto Marlboros and time in the British Columbia Hockey League with the New Westminster Royals.
Towards the end of the 1989-90 season, Turcotte began his professional career with the ECHL’s Hampton Roads Admirals before joining the Nashville Knights. The next season, he skated for the Southern Hockey League’s Dayton Beach Sun Devils, striking for 54 points in 47 games.
In addition to his two gold- and silver-medal showings, Turcotte has also coached teams to three bronze medals at the USA Hockey National Championships.
Turcotte resides in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Kim, and their four children.