Clint Mylymok – Head Coach & General Manager
Clint Mylymok is the club’s first head coach and general manager. Previously, Mylymok was the head coach and general manager of the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for four seasons.
Mylymok brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience to the Black Bears organization. Throughout his junior hockey coaching career, Mylymok has consistently developed players for the next level, advancing players to Canadian Major Junior and NCAA Division I. Coach Mylymok has also held various positions for Hockey Canada select teams including Head Coach of Team Saskatchewan U-16’s and as a scout for Team Canada U-17’s.
Brandon Gotkin – Assistant Coach
From Erie, Pennsylvania, Brandon Gotkin is the club’s first assistant coach. Previously, Gotkin played four seasons with the Mercyhurst University Lakers of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Hockey Association Conference. At Mercyhurst, Gotkin majored in Business Management. In addition, Gotkin played four seasons for Cathedral Prep in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League…tallied a career-high 29 points on career-bests in goals (13) and assists (16) in 18 games with the Ramblers as a junior…had eight goals and ten assists during senior season…finished career with 67 points and 149 penalty minutes in 72 games.
Jason Deskins – Assistant General Manager & Head Scout
Jason grew up in Warren, MI and played much of his youth and junior hockey in the state. A former Miami Redhawk and All-CCHA member, Jason was a four-year letter-winner, three year Captain, and was elected Miami’s offensive player of the year in 1998-1999 and 2000-2001. Jason played four years of professional hockey and concluded his career in 2006.
After retiring, Jason decided to pursue a career in hockey as a coach and scout. He has coached at various levels of youth hockey in Michigan. In his years of developing teams and players, he has coached 3 Michigan Amateur Hockey Association State Championship teams, won the High-Performance Hockey League regular season and playoff championship and has amassed a 199-65-15 record as a Head Coach. Jason has also been a scout for the NAHL, OHL, and USHL.
Chris Ceransky – Southeast Regional Scout
Ceransky just finished up his second season with Team Maryland (TM) serving as the Midget Director and Head Coach of both the U16 & U18 teams. Chris has coached three midget teams in two years and has seen plenty of success highlighted by a PVAHA Championship, two AYHL Championship games, an ECEL Championship game, three births to the Southeast District Championship, and one of his goaltenders (Dom Basse) committing to play Division I hockey. Ceransky was recently promoted to Hockey Director of Team Maryland.
Prior to joining The Maryland Black Bears, Ceransky served three years in the North American Hockey League as an Assistant Coach for the Wichita Falls Wildcats (Wichita Falls, TX) and then the Coulee Region Chill (La Crosse, WI). During this time, Ceransky established himself in the elite ranks of player development. In just three years, over 60 of his players have or will shortly make the jump to NCAA hockey, including all six of his goaltenders, and worked his way into the 100 win club. Ceransky has also trained six players selected to their respective National teams.
Jeremy Dallow – Scout and Director of Camps
Jeremy is the Founder and President of SuperSeries AAA which is one of the largest operators of elite hockey tournament and showcases for 8 to 18 year-olds in North America. NHL players such as Clayton Keller, Matthew Tkachuk, Logan Brown and Victor Mete have all participated in SuperSeries events as well as countless players playing NCAA hockey and players currently in the USHL and NAHL. Additionally, Jeremy operates DHI Hockey, a subsidiary of SuperSeries which operates Elite Spring teams that travel to the top tournaments in North America and Europe. Jeremy is also the Vice President of the Black Bears’ USHL affiliate, the Youngstown Phantoms, Executive Director of the Jersey Shore Wildcats Hockey Club and holds an advisory role with the Mercer Chiefs AAA Hockey Club and Black Bear Sports Group, Inc.
Jason Wolfe – Goalie Coach/Scout
Jason Wolfe is the first Maryland-born goaltender to play in the professional ranks. Jason graduated with honors from Merrimack College with degrees in Psychology and Business Administration. After graduation, Jason immediately turned to the pro rank by signing with the LA Kings affiliate, the Reading Royals. Jason spent 8 years in the professional hockey playing in the LA Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, and Anaheim Ducks organizations, as well as playing one season for Manchester England in the English Elite League. Upon retirement, he founded Wolfe Hockey Development consisting of two “real ice” training centers and moving on over 100 regional players on to the college and pro ranks. Wolfe also serves as a Goalie Coach to Team Maryland EHL and a scout for the Youngstown Phantoms.
Matt Reid – Skills Director
Matt was recently named Skills Director to the Maryland Black Bears after an extremely successful first season with Team Maryland as their U16 (American) coach. Matt has an impressive playing background. He played for the US National Team at U-16 and U-17 representing the United States in Germany and Japan. Reid attended then Northwood Prep and went on to commit to Clarkson University (NCAA-D-1).
After his college career, Matt received a contract from the Washington Capitals organization, played with the Portland Pirates, and went overseas to play professionally in Europe. His final playing days came in the United States with the Hershey Bears and South Carolina Stingrays. During his professional career, Matt was a part of 4 Championship teams, received numerous team MVP and Offensive awards, and was coached by many current NHL coaches.
Rob Broderick – Scout
Rob Broderick is the General Manager of the Mercer Chiefs hockey program and Ice Land Arena. Prior to his role with the Chiefs, Rob had served as President of the New Jersey Rockets, Managing Director of the Midget Program and Head Coach of U18 team for 14 years. He was the U.S. Scout for Ottawa Junior Senators in the CCHL for last 5 years.
Rob was drafted by and played for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL and he was captain of his ECAC hockey team his junior and senior years at SUNY Potsdam. Over the past fourteen seasons, his teams have averaged thirty wins per regular season and have made the playoffs every season in the AYHL and USPHL. Prior to joining the NJ Rockets, Rob was the head coach of Team Carolina, with that team being the first in the organization’s history to win the AAA Regionals.
Avi Friedman (Scout)
Avi currently works as Director of the DHI Hockey spring/summer program as well as owner/operator of PASS Hockey and MN Blizzard Tier 1 Midget program. He also serves as a scout to the Black Bears’ affiliate, the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL). Avi is a level 4 certified coach through USA Hockey and currently resides in Eden Prairie, MN, with his wife Grace and children Grady and Ryann.
Chris Barcless (Scout, Mercer Chiefs Director)
Chris Barcless is Mercer Chief’s Hockey Director and U16 National Coach. Chris is a USA Hockey Level 5 certified coach who boasts 18 years as a AAA boy’s hockey coach and is a well-known instructor. Chris most recently was the head coach of Pee Wee Minor, Bantam Minor, and U16 National teams. His teams have participated in the national championship tournament four times since 2000 and he has also served as head coach at Hightstown High School and Princeton Day School capturing eight State championships. Chris’ playing experience includes the Little Flyers and Rockets Youth, New Hampton Prep, Geneseo State University, where he was captain of the Ice Knights, and professionally in Europe. Chris is a lead instructor for Learn To Play and skills development clinics at Iceland.
Tom Mason (Scout)
Tom Mason has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey and is an excellent addition to the Maryland Black Bears inaugural scouting staff. Tom will be handling the New England area covering the local prep and high school teams as well as all of the AAA leagues. He is currently involved with the East Coast Militia program as the coach of their U14 national bound team as well as Director of the Bantams and Midgets and a coach for all levels of their summer tournament program. While starting his coaching career at the youth level 20 years ago, he developed a passion for both the sport as a whole as well as for developing hockey players of all age groups. We are excited to have Tom represent our program in our scouting and recruiting efforts across the New England area.
Tomas Gbur – (European Scout)
Mr. Tomas Gbur was born in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. There he studied at the local sports high school. Tomas spent several seasons as a goalie in junior hockey teams in Canada and the USA. He was one of the top 3 goalies during his last season in Ontario, Canada. In 2013, Tomas set up a hockey company based in Slovakia. The company has offices in Slovakia and the Czech Republic and its main goal is to focus on talented junior hockey players achieve their dreams of playing on the most prestigious junior hockey team in the USA or Canada. They have already helped over 50 players. Tomas has a strong team of hockey professionals within his company in Slovakia. He also works as an expert for Slovakia government, Department of Sports. In 2018 he graduated with his MBA degree in International Business at American University in Prague, Czech Republic.