Meet The

Leadership Team

League Staff

Matthew Kiernan

League Director

Matthew Kiernan is Vice President of Hockey for the Atlantic Hockey Federation. Matt oversees all aspects of the AHF. Matt is the co-founder and co-owner of the New Jersey 87’s, a member of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) where he serves as an Executive Committee member and is also on the league’s Board of Directors. He has held various coaching titles including Associate Head Coach of the EHL and EHLP teams and Head Coach at the U18 AAA level. Matt is a graduate of the University of Scranton. Prior to shifting his career to youth and junior hockey, Matt was an equity derivatives trader for 20+ years.

Jeff Sturm

League Deputy Director

Jeff assists the Vice President of Hockey in overseeing all aspects of the AHF. Sturm has served as a Board Member and the Master Scheduler for the past 2 years for the Jersey Shore Wildcats in Wall Township, New Jersey. Before that, he held the same role for 4 years with the Old Bridge Jr. Knights organization. Sturm is an Executive Board Member and serves as the Master Scheduler for the Regional Ice Hockey Association which oversees and funds high school hockey for the Freehold Regional High School District schools. In addition to being a scheduler, Sturm has 8 years of experience serving as team manager for several Tier 1 and Tier 2 youth hockey teams. Jeff holds a Master of Science in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Tony Zasowski

League Commissioner

Tony Zasowski is the League Commissioner of the Tier 1 Hockey Federation and Atlantic Hockey Federations. Tony comes to us from the NAHL where he was Commissioner of the NAPHL and led all aspects of NAHL Combines, NAHL Central Scouting and Education Initiatives for the NAHL, NA3HL and NAPHL including General Manager for Team NAHL at the 2019 World Jr. Club Cup in Sochi, Russia.

Prior to his position with the NAHL, Zasowski has served as Head Coach and General Manager for the NAHL’s Springfield Jr. Blues from 2012-16. Zasowski was also President and Goaltending Coach of the San Jose Jr. Sharks along with Head Coach of Tier I teams. Tony was one of the founding members of the NAPHL back in 2009.

As a player, Zasowski grew up playing goaltender winning Championships under the USHL.  From there, he earned a scholarship at the University of Notre Dame where he was named Freshman of the Year for the Irish. He finished up his playing career with the Dayton Bombers in the ECHL.

Zasowski and his wife DJ have a daughter, Esmee.

Nikki Miller

Director of Administration

Nikki Miller is the League Commissioner for the Atlantic Girls Hockey Federation, as well as the Atlantic Hockey Federation’s and Tier 1 Hockey Federation's first Director of Administration. Nikki handles all league communication, league rules, and bylaws, invoicing, discipline enforcement, and administrative affairs of the league. In addition, Nikki is Manager for the Princeton Tiger Lilies, in her 8th year as Manager for the New Jersey Stars and Manager of Black Bear Selects. Nikki also is in her 5th year as the Director and Tournament Coordinator for the VSK Wings Spring hockey program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Stockton University.

Kimberly Martin

Operations Associate

Kimberly joined Black Bear in October 2021 as the Operations Associate.  Kimberly was graduated from George Mason University with her Master's degree in Spanish and spent two years teaching Spanish at St. John's College High School. When not working, she enjoys chasing around her toddler and spending time with her family.  

Julia Duncan

Marketing Manager

Julia Duncan is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s in both Sport Management and Advertising.  Julia specializes in social media, photography and graphic design.  While in school, Julia managed the UGA Hockey’s social media, where she grew her passion for the sport. 

Board Of directors

David Gibson

Director

David Gibson is the owner of the New Jersey Rockets Hockey Club and is the Managing Member of Molokai Partners LLC; a New Jersey based private investment firm that manages in excess of $50 million of committed and invested assets. Previously Gibson served as a Partner at Socratic Fund Management LP; a $250 million energy-focused hedge fund based in Short Hills, New Jersey.  Prior to Socratic, Gibson was a Managing Director at Tremblant Capital LP, a $4.5 billion retail-focused hedge fund, where he held the position of Head of Trading from its inception in 2001. He started his career as a trader at William Trading. Gibson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from St. Lawrence University.

Jake Geverd

Director

Jake Geverd is a Philadelphia native who earned his MBA from Wharton School of Business as a Joseph Wharton Fellow in 1969.  After a distinguished career in the theater business, Jake sold his company to AMC and retired in 1987 to spend more time with his wife, Terrie, and children John and Tim. In 1997, he invested in the Oaks Center Ice facility. Oaks Center Ice is a 3 sheet facility in Phoenixville, PA that is home to the Valley Forge Colonials Tier II organization as well as the Valley Forge Minutemen Tier I organization. Since his investment in 1997, he has been instrumental in establishing the Oaks Center Ice facility as one of the best-run facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region along with growing the Valley Forge Colonials and Valley Forge Minutemen into one of the best organized Tier II and Tier I organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region.

John Graves

Director

John Graves is the founder & owner of Ice Line a premier 4 sheet facility in West Chester PA Home of Team Philadelphia Tier II youth teams, as well as The Philadelphia Jr. Flyers Tier I Youth plus Tier I and Tier II Girls teams. Graves has spent over 35 years in youth hockey and serves on several hockey boards. He is a longstanding board member of the Atlantic District of USA Hockey and currently sits on the board of the AYHL, serves as Executive vice-president of MAWHA, and is president of the ICSHL Eastern PA High School league. Graves has been instrumental in helping grow youth hockey in the Atlantic District and has brought many innovations to rinks and leagues.

Murry Gunty

Director

Murry Gunty is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. Gunty is also CEO and founder of Blackstreet Capital Holdings, LLC and Blackstreet Capital Management, turnaround investment businesses. A lifelong hockey fan, Gunty grew up in Portland, Maine, where he spent countless hours playing hockey and watching the former Maine Mariners of the American Hockey League. He has coached and managed his sons’ AA and AAA hockey teams from Mite through Midget and is passionate about growing the game. His vision for Black Bear was to combine his turnaround experience with his passion for the sport of hockey, and to bring professional management to the rink industry, turning around poorly run facilities and investing badly-needed capital in 20-30-year-old rinks thereby saving them for their respective communities.

James “Jim” Mackey

Director

James “Jim” Mackey is a former Managing Director with the multi-billion dollar hedge fund D.E. Shaw and is the current owner of the Hollydell Ice Arena along with the Philadelphia Hockey Club and Hollydell Hurricanes.  Mackey played Division I college hockey at Yale University and was a Boston Bruins NHL draft pick.

Dan May

Director

Dan May is a Partner and Manager of the Ice House in Hackensack, New Jersey. He is the Hockey Director and Club President of the North Jersey Avalanche, established in 1999. Dan is also the Executive Vice-President of the AYHL. His coaching career and program development has spanned over 40 years managing hockey programs that have developed thousands of players from the tri-state area, many of whom have gone on to successful college and professional careers. Because of his lifelong dedication to the game of hockey in the state of New Jersey, he was awarded the Dr. John J. McMullen Service Award. Dan, his wife Monica and his partners at the Ice House, have led the evolution of their facility into a world-class skating arena for Tier I, Tier II hockey players and figure skaters of all levels.

Keith Primeau

League Chairman

Keith Primeau is a Canadian former professional hockey player who played 15 years in the NHL, finishing the last 6 years of his career with the Philadelphia Flyers.  Primeau is involved in the ownership and operation of a number of ice rinks and teams in the Philadelphia area.  As Chairman of the AHF, Primeau will oversee the Commissioner and ensure that the league brings the highest level of competition and integrity to the ice.  Primeau coached his children throughout their youth hockey career at local Philadelphia hockey rinks and now has a son who is a goaltender in the NHL.  In addition to Primeau’s responsibilities as Chairman, he is the President of Hockey Operations with USHL’s the Youngstown Phantoms.

Robert “Bobby” Reiss

Director

Robert “Bobby” Reiss spent 48 years in New York City’s Garment District. Reiss was a partner in the billion-dollar jean brand, Gitano. Purchased the No Excuses Jean brand in 1993 which provided apparel sportswear to Wal-Mart and Target stores. In 2003, Reiss built the Ice Vault Arena in Wayne, NJ seeing a major void in the hockey marketplace. In 2016, it was expanded into a 3-sheet facility. The Ice Vault has hosted 5 USA Hockey National Championships from 2010-2018. Reiss also owns the New Jersey Bandits Tier II youth hockey program as well as the Jersey Hitmen, Squirt thru Junior (NCDC) Tier I programs, in the USPHL.

Competition Committee

Dave Ball

Dave Ball is the current Hockey Director for the Rockets Hockey Club based in Bridgewater, NJ.  Dave grew up playing youth hockey in Pawling, NY. In addition to club hockey, he played for 3 years at the New England Prep School before going on to play NCAA Division III college hockey at Nichols College in Dudley, MA. Ball has coached youth sports for the past 14 years including football, baseball and ice hockey. Coaching at the Rockets and Protec Ducks, Dave has been a Tier I and Tier II Head Coach at many levels from U8-U18, winning a league championship at the U16 level. This season, Dave is the Head Coach for the Rockets’ U18 AA, U12 AA, and U10 Minor AAA teams.

Tom Bunting

Tom Bunting is a local hockey coach that shows pride in his teams.  He is one of the most successful coaches in USA youth hockey history with his 2005 Philadelphia Hockey Club team.  His coaching experience ranges from the well-respected Gloucester Catholic Varsity high school hockey team, Philadelphia Hockey Club 2005 and 2009 teams, and working on skills and private lessons.  Tom also serves as Director of Hockey Operations at Hollydell Ice Arena.  Tom coaches winners and he shows passion for what he does on and off the ice.

Mike Dianora

Mike Dianora is the current Hockey Director for the Jersey Shore Wildcats based in Wall, NJ.  Dianora grew up playing youth hockey in Monmouth County, NJ.  In addition to club hockey, he played for the Peddie School before going on to play Junior Hockey for the Rochester Mustangs and NJ Rockets followed by a successful career at Monmouth University where he also coached. Mike has coached youth hockey for the past 23 years at all levels from Tier II U10 to Tier I Midgets.  In addition to the Wildcats, Mike is also entering his 21st season as the Wall High School coach where he has coached since the program’s inception and is a two-time Shore Conference Coach of the Year. Dianora also serves as the President of the Shore Conference Ice Hockey Coaches Association.

John Geverd

John grew up in the Philadelphia area and played for the Valley Forge Minutemen and LaSalle High School before going to prep school at Lawrence Academy (Groton, MA). Upon graduation he played a year for the NH Jr. Monarchs in the EJHL and then attended Babson College where he was a 2 year Captain. After a brief stint in the minors he returned home to help his Dad run Oaks Center Ice and coach the Valley Forge Minutemen. He has been coaching with Minutemen for over 10 years and has worked for the Atlantic District Player Development Program. John’s teams have achieved team success (AYHL Championships, District Championships and a bid to Nationals) as well as individual success (individual development, advancement to prep schools and Juniors as well as D1 commitments). 

Jim Hunt

Jim Hunt has been with both the Ice Vault and the Hitmen organizations since their inception, serving as the first Hockey Director and Head Coach/General Manager of the expansion EJHL Junior team. After starting the Bandits program and acquiring the Hitmen as part of the Ice Vault brand, he was promoted to Vice President of Hockey Operations and President of the Hitmen in 2006 and charged with overseeing the growth of the program in the youth Tier I market while ensuring the culture of the building remained a player first development driven atmosphere. Jim has represented the United States in nearly a dozen international events and has served as an Assistant Coach and Assistant Director of Player Personnel to the original National Team Development Program established by USA Hockey in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2000, he accepted the position as an NCAA Division I Head Coach at Fairfield University, where he led the program to its first ever playoff appearance. Under his direction, the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association Player Development Program was established in 1993 to provide players within the Atlantic Affiliate an opportunity to compete on national and international stages. From 2009-2012, he served as the first regional ADM Manager for USA Hockey’s National Player Development Model launched in cooperation with the NHL. While cultivating his hockey knowledge and gaining valuable experience, Jim also served as a police detective in his hometown of Fort Lee, NJ, where he retired after twenty-five years of distinguished service.

Keith Krem

Keith Krem is the current Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Youth. He has been playing and coaching hockey for the past 35 years with over 30 years spent locally in the Atlantic District. He started at age 5 with the Lehigh Valley Comets and continued his passion with the Valley Forge Colonials and Junior Flyers before moving onto the Hill School. After graduating from the Hill School, Krem attended the Rochester Institute of Technology where he transferred his goaltending talents to play for the National Roller Hockey Championship winners.  Krem has spent the last 14 years coaching for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Youth and is the longest tenured Head Coach in the organization. He has been a Head Coach at every level of play U8-U18, coached both boys and girls teams, as well as coached the Phantoms Youth Tier I teams at U10 and U14 levels in the AYHL. In addition to coaching, Krem is responsible for the creating and growth of the Phantoms Youth U8 Development Program which currently has over 85 players and is the future of the Phantoms organization. For the 2021-2022 season, Coach Krem heads up 3 Phantom Youth teams (U18 AA, U14 B, U8 Lite Travel), assists the U15 AA team, and continues to run the U8 program. Away from the Phantoms Youth, Krem is the owner of Kremmer’s Community Kitchen in South Allentown, an off-site institutional food service company serving 15,000 meals daily to non-profit organizations across the Eastern Pennsylvania region.

Eric Wolf

Eric Wolf is the General Manager for the Team Philadelphia Youth Hockey Club in West Chester, PA.  Eric is also the club’s Master Scheduler and Head Coach of the 18U AA team.  He has been coaching for over 25 years in the Eastern Pennsylvania area.  In addition to coaching several successful 18U AA teams, Eric was the Head Coach for the West Chester University ACHA Division I team from 2017-2020 and is the current Head Coach for West Chester East High School. Eric considers hockey one of the greatest teachers of life lessons and works to prepare his players to be successful on the ice and as they move on to college and the next journey life has for them.