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CJR Makes Two Big Additions to Program

By CJR Hockey Club, 04/05/19, 2:15PM EDT


Player Development Continues to Drive CJR Process

We are excited to announce two big additions to our youth program that will improve the overall experience and development for all players and families inside of the Connecticut Junior Rangers.   Jim Henkel has been named CJR Associate Program Director and Elite Hockey Evolution, owned by Marco Magliulo, has been hired to conduct customized video training sessions with all of our teams.  


Jim is the head coach of our CJR NCDC Junior team and in just two seasons, he has become one of the top junior coaches in North America and most recently led his team to the USPHL finals.  Jim’s goal has always been to develop young hockey players to their fullest potential.  In his new role, Jim will have direct hands-on involvement in every aspect of CJR’s youth hockey program.  He will be actively engaged in player development; interacting with players, auditing practices both on and off the ice, collecting input from coaches, players and parents and answering questions as they come up.  CJR strives to provide the most comprehensive hockey development program for young hockey players.  At CJR, players can grow with the organization from Mites all the way through Juniors.  With Jim in this new leadership role, we hope to continue to improve upon the foundation that we have built as our organization continues to grow.  Jim’s extensive hockey playing and coaching experience can be found on the CJR website.


“After taking part in youth tryouts and understanding the undeniable direction of the program,  I felt this was the right opportunity for me. With the amount of young talent we have in our program, the future is now. We have amazing coaches working with these players both in spring and winter. I am excited to be an extension of them and continue to educate and provide solid information to assist in developing higher-level talent.”                                

                    Jim Henkel    

                    CJR Associate Program Director

                    CJR NCDC Head Coach


Additionally, for the 2019-2020 season, CJR will enhance its player development model by adding video analysis. CJR has hired Elite Hockey Evolution - a hockey coaching, training and consulting company for players of all ages - to conduct monthly instructional video sessions with each CJR team in the organization. We have had many requests and suggestions from parents to integrate video sessions into our training.  We heard you!  Elite Hockey Evolution is headed by Marco Magliulo who is the head coach of the CJR Premier Junior Premier team and also helps the 2008 AAA team.  Marco is highly respected in the industry as a talented, passionate, devoted and consummate teacher of the game.  Marco will bring that talent to the video coaching piece that we are adding to the CJR program.  Each month, teams will have video training in addition to their regular practices.  The video training will focus on a different topic each month and will be age appropriate and team specific.  The video training will be scheduled to seamlessly integrate with practices.  We are confident that this additional training will be an asset to all CJR players.  You can find more details about Marco’s 25 years of hockey experience on the CJR website and at 


“I am looking forward to collaborating with our coaches to help them teach and educate our teams through the use of video.  Video analysis can illuminate important game situations, both good and bad, that might otherwise go unnoticed but will now be additional teaching and development opportunities for our players.  One moment in time can change the course of an athletes career.”


                    Marco Magliulo    

                    Owner of Elite Hockey Evolution

                    CJR Head Hockey Coach