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ADAM MITCHEL

Hockey Director, Head Coach 16U Premier, Bantam Minor

Mitchell’s playing career began in Washington D.C. where he played Tier I for the Washington Little Capitals from Squirt through Bantam. Mitchell was selected after he completed his Bantam division to play on the Washington Junior Capitals Team & the Washington Junior Nationals Team, then of the Metropolitan & Atlantic Junior Leagues, bypassing his midget division years.

Mitchell is a proud alumni of the North American Hockey League’s (NAHL) Texas Tornado where he played in the season prior to their hiatus, 2009-10. There he accumulated 12 points as a regular in the line-up as a 17 year old. He was also listed to the NHL’s “players to watch” list. The following two seasons he was drafted to the USHL’s Souix Falls and Des Moines, and tendered in the NAHL. However, Mitchell chose to play two more junior years with the Bay State Breakers of the former EJHL racking up a point per game and committing to Rochester Institute of Technology to play Division I NCAA hockey.

Playing in 112 games for R. I. T., Mitchell accumulated 59 points in his four years, notching several game winning over time goals and graduated with bachelor of science degree in business.

In his sophomore year at R.I.T., Mitchell was invited to participate in the Washington Capitals (NHL) development camp. Adam has for many years worked on the ice with the Capitals Alumni in teaching summer camps and clinics, instructing youth hockey, as well as for many other camps and clinics including, R.I.T., Pro Ambitions, Network Hockey, and many more.

Adam spent three years Head Coach of the Skylands Kings NA3HL; leading the team to their first division title in his last season in 2019-2020. Mitchell moved into the role of Hockey Director at Skylands Ice World in 2020 and has been focused on all aspects of hockey at Skylands (Beginner House Leagues, Middle School and JV Leagues, and Adult League and Kings Travel). In transitioning to the Hockey Director role, Adam also has been the Head Coach of the Kings 16UA and AA teams, as well as the 18UAA teams throughout 2020-2022.

Mitchell is looking forward to growing the sport of hockey and continuing player development with players and teams within the Jets organization.

Email Adam Mitchell 

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STEVEN JONES

Head Coach 15 Pure

Coach Steven Jones is welcomed by the New Jersey Jets!

  • North Jersey Kings Hockey Director at SportsCare Arena
  • All-state ice hockey player at Morris Knolls High School
  • Morristown High School Assistant Coach (NJSIAA State Champions ‘14 and ‘16)
  • 2-Time All American at West Chester University (Ice Hockey)
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MAGNUS ELGSTAM

Head Coach Mite AAA, Bantam Major, PeeWee

Coach Magnus enters his second season with the NJ Jets. He played professionally in Sweden in 93, and then continued his hockey career by coaching and training players around the world. He is USA Hockey Level 4 Certified, and is also a certified coach by Dr. Smushkin, a Soviet Olympic coach and sports scientist who created a biomechanically-specific hockey training program.

Magnus has over 20 years of coaching and skills development experience in Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic, USA and Canada.

Email Magnus Elgstam 

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ZAK SHEIKH

Asst. Coach: 16U Premier, Strength and Conditioning Coach

Sheikh completed three years playing ice hockey at Seton Hall Prep and Northwood School (USHS-Prep League), respectively. He then moved on to play in the USPHL for the Conn Junior Rangers, followed by the Portland Junior Pirates until 2016. His career continued when playing for Stevenson University (NCAA DIII), then Lebanon Valley College (NCAA DIII), where he won the Coaches Choice Award during the 2019 season. He then played in the SPHL For the Railyard Dawgs, then Vermillion County Bobcats.

In addition to playing ice hockey, Sheikh spent several years coaching at camps including Pro Ambitions, Hockey Boss, and was head coach for Sheapuch Hockey camps.

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MIKE VALVANO

Goalie Coach

Coach Mike Valvano joins the NJ Jets for his first season this year. Mike, owner of Valvano Goalie Development, has been coaching hockey since 1991.  He has his Advanced Level 5 USA Hockey Coaching Certification, and is the current Randolph Highschool JV Head Coach, as well as Randolph High School Goalie + Assistant Coach, where he has won 9 state championships.  Mike has coached multiple club and high school teams in NJ, as well as various camps and lessons throughout his extensive coaching career.  He was inducted into the NJ High School Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018, and was Goalie for the New York Islanders Alumni/Legends Team for ten years.

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CARA CARMICHAEL

Mobility Coach

Cara Carmichael joins the NJ Jets for her first season!

Cara graduated from SUNY Cortland with a Bachelors in Exercise Science with a focus in Sports Nutrition. She is a nutrition and fitness coach, as well as an OrangeTheory fitness coach.  She has a passion for helping individuals move with better quality by practicing functional body movement.

“Helping the NJ Jets allows me to implement crucial movement patterns into their routine that should be practiced at an early age to create stronger more injury resistant athletes. We do this through mobility and work on keeping up with essential movement patterning they use in hockey!”