2019-2020 JGA Team
Junior Gold hockey in its current form, dates back to 2005 in Minnesota. Junior Gold A, B and 16 levels were formalized replacing Midget and Juvenile programs. There have been State Champions declared at the JGA level dating back to 1956.
Mike Dougherty ’78 and Bill Hickey ’74 started the STA Junior Gold program in 2007, with one Junior Gold B team. The team finished 5 th in their division. The program was expanded to 2 teams in 2012, when an Under16 team was added. A third team was then added, a JGA team for the 2018-2019 season, a state tournament participant in its first year.
STA Junior Gold Hockey promotes character development while playing hockey. As part of a quality high school level hockey program with certified coaches and staff, the program continues to develop, providing an excellent hockey experience for STA student athletes who want to continue playing competitive hockey and represent Saint Thomas Academy. Many graduates of STA Junior Gold hockey continue playing after high school, some for college club teams.
STA Junior Gold teams compete in the Junior Gold High School League, a league with more than 50 teams at 3 different levels. Currently there are three STA teams: STA Junior Gold A, STA Junior Gold B and STA Junior Gold 16 involving more than 50 players each year. The overall program has achieved modest team success, including Junior Gold B State Championships in 2016 and 2018, a JGB State Consolation Championship in 2017, and State Runner-up at the JGB level in 2014 and the JG16 level in 2019. The 2019-2020 JGA team qualified for the State Tournament but was unable to compete because of COVID-19.
Team Records “Through the Years”
|Year||Team||League Record||Overall Record||Coach|
|2022||JGA||8-14-2||9-20-3||Bill McCarthy, Jake Geiser (State Participant)|
|JGB||8-12-4||9-15-6||Casey Erickson, James Erickson|
|JG16||12-7-5||15-2-6||Tony Block, Joe Geiser|
|2021||JGA||8-5||9-7||Bill McCarthy, Robbie Jones (4th Place State)|
Casey Erickson, James Erickson
|JG16||6-7-2||7-9-2||Tony Block, Jake Geiser|
|2019-2020||JGA||13-9-2||19-9-5||Bill McCarthy, Robbie Jones (State Qualifier)|
|JGB||17-6-1||22-13-1||Casey Erickson, James Erickson|
|JG16||8-11-5||16-15-9||Stephen Haugh, James Kolar ‘13|
|2018-2019||JGA||7-14-3 8||8-18-3||Jim Eha, Curt Cooper (State Participant)|
|JGB||12-11-1||12-11-1||Casey Erickson, James Kolar ‘13|
|JG16||17-5-2||25-7-2||Bill McCarthy, Robbie Jones (State 2nd Place)|
|2017-18||JGB||21-3-0||25-3-0||Jim Eha (State Champions)|
|JG16||20-3-1||27-8-1||Bill McCarthy, Robbie Jones (5th Place State)|
|JG16||13-8-3||13-11-3||Bill McCarthy, Robbie Jones|
|2015-2016||JGB||unknown||32-1-1||Jim Eha (State Champions)|
|JG16||unknown||Steve Haugh, Jim Sampair|
|JG16||13-9-3||15-13-3||Aaron Hoiland, Tim Kettler (State Qualifier)|
|2007-2008||JGB||unknown||unknown||Mike Dougherty ’78, Bill Hickey ‘74|
Note – any inaccuracies or suggested additions to the Team Records? Please email Bill McCarthy.