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Coaching & Scouting Staff

Jon Jonasson Head Coach/General Manager

bighornscoach@gmail.com

The Helena Bighorns Junior Hockey Club is proud to announce the signing of our new head coach, Jon Jonasson.

 

Coach Jonasson, a USA Hockey Level 4 coach, comes to us from the Steele County Blades Jr. A in Owatonna, MN, where he was the Head Coach and Assistant General Manager since 2012. Before that, he was Director of Scouting for the Cheyenne Stampede Jr A, a position he took after his assistant coaching duties with the Phoenix Polar Bears of the Western States Hockey League, tier III Junior A.

 

As a player, Jon played his junior hockey in the MNJHL and a stint in professional hockey with Evansville Icemen (AAHL).

 

Jon has many years of playing, coaching, scouting and recruiting experience; all of which will play a major role in taking the team into a new era of Helena Bighorns Hockey.

 

Below is an official statement from Coach Jonasson:

 

I am excited to be given the opportunity to be involved in the Helena Bighorns organization. Helena has had an outstanding reputation the last 10+ years with Scott Cunningham at the helm, and I look forward to helping build and continue the traditions that he has created in Helena. By stepping in as coach in Helena I have no plan to fill Scott’s shoes, as I am not the same coach. My plan is to continue the tradition of player development, advancement and winning standards that he has left for the next coach to take over. I wish Scott and his family the best of luck in Brooks in pursuing his future in coaching at the next level! My family are I are looking forward to taking the next step in our future in Helena and making it our new home."

Jon Jonasson, 

Head Coach/GM

bighornscoach@gmail.com

952-457-0525

Craig Reinhardt- Assistant Coach

Craig is a level 4 USA Hockey certified coach joining the Bighorns after seven seasons with Missoula Montana's youth hockey program, the last four seasons as coach of The Missoula Bruins Varsity hockey team. He coached ACHA club hockey with The University of Montana for two seasons. Craig has also been involved with state and regional development and has served as head coach of Team Northwest. 

 
Craig's playing experience started at age seven in Billings Montana where he played through high school and captained The U18 AA Jr. Bulls. After high school he moved to Missoula to begin college and play for The University of Montana hockey team. Upon graduating he immediately joined the local youth association. 

Steven Esau, Eastern Scout

Steven Esau, Eastern Region Scout

412-716-6976

steveesau@hotmail.com

Stephen Esau, a Pittsburgh, PA native, brings a breadth of hockey knowledge to the team having experienced the game from all levels. His playing career commenced as a three-year letterman with the North Allegheny Tigers. Then, after spending time with the Junior B Pittsburgh Stars, traveled to Nevada to play semi-professional hockey with the Las Vegas Aces of the WHL. 

Since his playing days, Steve has earned a Level 4 USA certified coaching certificate and has been behind the bench for players at all levels. For over two decades Steve has enjoyed and maintained an enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge of hockey and boasts having only one losing season ever as a coach. 

He continues to be involved with hockey in the Pittsburgh area through connections with High School PIHL teams and local Junior programs such as the Johnstown Tomahawks in the NAHL.

David Jonasson, Minnesota High School Scout

David Jonasson, Minnesota High School Scout

612-865-6097

Corey Clarks, Southwest Region Scout

Corey Clarks, Southwest Region Scout

360-961-7162

Corey Clarks (Founder/Head Scout) founded SRP Hockey in 2008 to help assist teams with finding players to fill Jr 'A' teams and small college's rosters.

 He was a Midget AA coach in Bellingham, Washington for the 1999 & 2000 seasons. He then coached High School hockey in both Minnesota and Iowa for 10 seasons. He coached 1 season in the Nor-Pac Tier lll Jr 'A' league with the Puget Sound Tomahawks in Seattle, Washington. He is now an assistant Coach with the Tier lll Jr 'A' WSHL Texas Brahma's in Dallas Texas beginning in the 2010-2011 season. He takes great pride in finding and talking to kids that have the desire to move on to the next level of hockey. He has been a scout with several Jr A hockey teams in the U.S. Including MNJHL, USPHL and also with Humboldt Broncos of the SJHL in Canada.

"I want kids to remember that, you get out of it, what you put into it" when trying to develop their game and individual skills.