Mike Gempeler

Founder & President

Mr. Gempeler is the Founder/Director of the U.S. Junior Development Program (USJDP), the CCM Hockey Showcase, and Co-Founder of the 9280 Pond Hockey Tournament. He is responsible for all day-to-day business operations of the USJDP, Inc.

Zac Desjardins

Camp Director, Junior Prep Camp

Coach Desjardins is the Assistant Coach of the Tulsa Oilers Professional Hockey Team of the ECHL. Coach Zac is the on-site director for the Boys Junior Prep Camp and is responsible for all player housing and day-to-day camp activities at the University of Denver.

Jackie Koetteritz

Camp Director, Junior Prep Camp

A former NCAA D1 Player and Captain at Union College in New York, Coach Koetteritz is the Director of Player Development for Summit Youth Hockey Girls program and current Head Coach of the Summit U19 Team.

Mary Beth Gempeler

Vice-President, Marketing

Mrs. Gempeler is a 25-year marketing and advertising industry veteran responsible for all advertising and marketing collateral for the USJDP. Currently, she is the Founder/Principle of Pepper Productions, Inc., a full-service marketing, branding and web presence company based in Colorado.

Danny Triesler

Finland Lions Cup Tour Director

Coach Triesler is the Assistant Coach & Director of Player Development for the Swedish Professional team Asele IK, as well as Owner of Challenge Athletics, a family advisory firm specializing in player development and placement for Swedish, Finnish & Russian players.




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