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Messier Selects Coaches

Lyon Messier

Lyon Messier grew up in the Washington, DC area, and played youth hockey with the Northern Virginia Ice Dogs and the Washington Little Caps. He then played junior hockey for the Texas Tornado in the North American Hockey League (NAHL), where he won a national championship, and later with the Lincoln Stars (USHL).  

He played major junior hockey in Canada for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) and Erie Otters (OHL), before moving on to play pro hockey for the New Mexico Scorpions (CHL).  He then went to the New York Rangers main camp (AHL) and then the ECHL to win the Kelly Cup with the South Carolina Stingrays.

Lyon Messier started coaching after his playing career.  He was assistant coach for the U18 Connecticut Wolfpack, and then head coach of the U16s Wolfpack that was ranked #5 in the nation- many team members went on to play Division 1 with a scholarship.  He moved back to Washington, DC and is currently the Director of Player Development for the Washington Little Caps organization and coaches Bantam Major (2005) squad for this upcoming season.

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Messier Selects Coach: Brian Goudie

Brian is a former professional ice hockey defenceman with 15 years of experience in the AHL, ECHL, IHL, UHL, and SPHL.  After his playing career he coached the semi-pro hockey team, Richmond Renegades.  He currently coaches youth hockey for the Washington Little Caps.

Messier Selects Coach: Craig Desjarlais

Craig played played four years of Division 1 hockey at Bowling Green State University.  He then played professional hockey in the UHL, ECHL, ACHL, and SEHL.  After his playing career, Craig began coaching.  Today, Craig is a USA Level 5 Coach who has over 24 years experience teaching of hockey both as a coach and head instructor at multiple Hockey Academies in the Northeast. 

Messier Selects Coach: Mark Esposito

Mark Esposito played his Midget hockey with the Mid Fairfield Blues and high school hockey at Brunswick School. After graduating in 2014, he spent two seasons with the Chilliwack Chiefs in the BCHL. He continued his playing career at Amherst College, where he is currently a senior.  From 2010 to 2018, Mark served as a co-lead instructor and part-time assistant coach with the New York Pee Wee Rangers.  The past two summers, he worked as a co-lead instructor with the Messier International Hockey School.  Additionally, he was an assistant coach in Chowder Cup Tournaments throughout the years.