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Gazette Premium Content Former CC assistant joins USA Hockey

Joe Paisley Updated: September 2, 2014 at 11:10 am

Former Colorado College assistant Joe Bonnett joined USA Hockey as an American Development Model regional manager, the organization announced. The 20-year coaching veteran will help lead nationwide skill development efforts.

"Joe has a tremendous amount of experience, knowledge and passion for player development, and he'll be a major asset to our staff and to youth hockey associations throughout the country," said Kevin McLaughlin, senior director of hockey development for USA Hockey.

The Canton, Mich. native coached 14 seasons at Colorado College, which recorded three Western Collegiate Hockey Association championships, seven NCAA tournament appearances and one trip to the NCAA Frozen Four. He also helped produce 16 NCAA All-America selections and two Hobey Baker winners.

"Player development has always been a passion for me, going back to my first experiences as a coach, and I'm excited for the opportunity to have a positive impact on American hockey as a whole with USA Hockey," said Bonnett. "I'm not only a firm believer in age-appropriate skill-development from a philosophical standpoint, I've seen the benefits of it as kids make their way into the higher levels of hockey."

Before CC, Bonnett spent four seasons with the hockey staff at Miami where he served as an assistant coach after a one-season stint in hockey operations. While in Oxford, Ohio, he worked primarily with the team's defensemen and goaltenders, while also leading the RedHawks' video analysis and recruiting efforts.

Before entering the college ranks, Bonnett was a peewee and midget coach in Kalamazoo, Mich. At the same time, he served as a middle school teacher and girls volleyball coach in Galesburg, Mich. He also spent one season as a junior hockey associate head coach in the North American Hockey League, helping guide the Kalamazoo K-Wings to a national tournament appearance.

As a player, Bonnett was a four-year letter-winner at Western Michigan, where he played forward and served as an alternate captain in his senior season. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in secondary education, majoring in earth science. He later earned a master's in sport studies from Miami.

Bonnett has volunteered often to serve American players. Most recently, in 2013, he was part of the coaching staff for USA Hockey's Select 14 regional camps. In prior years, he served in similar capacities with the Select 15, Select 16 and Select 17 camps.

In 2003, Bonnett was an assistant with USA Hockey's Under-17 Select Team which won the Five Nations Tournament in Prievidza, Slovakia.

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