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All instructors involved with the Scott Jones Pro Player Hockey Development program are trained directly by Scott Jones, in his own distinct coaching and teaching style.

 

Scott Jones

Scott has been teaching hockey development for over twenty years and he still continues to grow his teaching methods and techniques.  Through clear communication and positive reinforcement, Scott has a history of assisting players on all of their skating and puck skills as well as creating a more clear picture of in game situations.  Scott spent 3 years with the Washington Capitals where the majority of the time he worked among the AHL prospects with the Hershey Bears. In March of 2017 Scott faced a very difficult but exciting decision when he made the move to the Vegas Golden Knights. The thought of starting with an association at the ground level and being part of an inaugural season was very intriguing and proved to be a great move.  Currently Scott is in charge of Skating and Skill Development with the Golden Knights and spends the majority of his time travelling across North America working with the prospects playing in the AHL, CHL and NCAA. He is also responsible for all on ice components of the Development Camp, which takes place in Vegas every June and plays a large roll in the rookie and main camps in September as well. Another feather in Scott’s cap is the role he accepted in 2017 as the Director of Skill and Player Development with the hometown Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.  In this role he is in charge of all on ice skill development with the players both in small group settings as well as during or after practices.

 

One of the best qualities of Scott is his passion for the game and seeing each individual player improve and succeed. It doesn’t matter if the player is in the NHL, or just learning to skate, he shows the same time and effort while assisting them on reaching their goals.

Darby Mackinnon

Born and raised in Sarnia, Darby has been working with Scott doing player development since 2015. He is currently the head coach for the Lambton Jr. Sting Major Peewee AAA boys team. Before getting into coaching, Darby played locally for several clubs such as  Sarnia Legionnaires and the Mooretown Flags.  He also had the opportunity to represent Team Ontario in roller hockey. 

Kenny Bernard

Born and raised in Sarnia, Kenny has been working with Scott doing player development since 2017. He is currently an Assistant Coach for the Sarnia Jr. Sting Major Novice Tier 2 team. Before getting into coaching, Kenny had an extensive playing career which started in Sarnia (Junior B), then brought him to Ohio State (NCAA D1), Fresno Falcons (ECHL) and the CHL. 

Lyndsi Hull

Born and raised in Petrolia, Lyndsi has been working with Scott doing player development since 2016. Lyndsi has also been trained by Scott, and his development style since 2014. She is currently an assistant coach for the Bluewater girls Novice team and studying to become a nurse. Prior to coaching Lyndsi played for Sarnia, Bluewater and Chatham. 

Sydney Smith

Born and raised in Sarnia, Sydney has been working with Scott doing player development since 2019. She is currently an assistant coach for the Bluewater girls Novice team and a teacher. Prior to coaching, Sydney started her playing career in Sarnia, then for Belle Tire, Adrian College (NCAA D3) and Neuberg Highlanders (EWHL).