Meet our Instructors

Bernie John

Head Instructor

Bernie John understands what it takes to forge a hockey player from a young athlete. He knows because he's lived it. John learned to play hockey on the outdoor rinks and frozen ponds of Sudbury, Ontario. From there he would go on to play major junior hockey in the OHL for his hometown Sudbury Wolves. John enjoyed a 13-year professional hockey career, playing in various leagues and cities, amassing nearly 900 points in 855 games. Prior to joining Ice Barn Indy, John spent three seasons as head coach and general manager of the ECHL's Indy Fuel.      

 

Nick Johnsen

Lead Goaltending Instructor

Indy Ice Barn Lead Goalie Instructor Nick Johnsen has learned from the best. For the past three summers, Johnsen, a native of St. Charles, Missouri, has studied under one of the best and most highly-respected goaltending coaches in the world, Mitch Korn. Korn, currently director of goaltending for the New York Islanders, has helped mold some of the best to ever play the game, including Pekka Rinne, Dominik Hasek, Braden Holtby, and Robin Lehner. As a goalie-coaching disciple of Korn's, it is Johnsen's aim to turn Ice Barn Indy into a hotbed for net minders, a place where they can work harder than they ever have before to develop into the elite goalie they've always dreamt about.       

 

Mike Bozoian

Instructor

 

Coach Mike Bozoian grew up a Detroit kid, lacing up his youth hockey blades for area powerhouses Little Caesars and Compuware. At age 16, Bozoian was hired as a skating instructor at Suburban Hockey School in Novi, Michigan. Suburban had been founded by a pair of former professional and collegiate players, Tom Anastos and Lyle Phair. Bozoian worked there eight years, learning to teach young players proper skating technique, including lengthening their stride, improving posture, and using edges properly. Bozoain eventually became one of Suburban Hockey’s head instructors, in charge of running his own camp and training other instructors.

In addition to his coaching background, Bozoian enjoyed a stellar career as a player. After youth hockey, he played two years in the North American Hockey League. During his second NAHL campaign, while being selected to the league All-Star team, Bozoian won the “fastest skater competition.”

Bozoian went on to play Division I college hockey at Niagara University (NY). He turned pro at the conclusion of his junior year, playing professionally in Germany. Bozoian’s professional career would also take him to Indianapolis (CHL), Cincinnati (ECHL), and Dayton (ECHL).  

After retiring from pro hockey, Bozoian moved to Indianapolis, where he attended the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, graduating in 2010. 

Brent Gwidt

Instructor

Brent Gwidt, a Minocqua, WI native, started playing organized ice hockey when he was 5 years old. The passion for the game stuck with Brent after retiring and he has worked to help many athletes reach their short- and long-term goals. From skill development to whole athlete mentorship, Brent has been through the process of high level hockey and knows what it takes to develop as an athlete and how important creating advantages are.

Brent was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 2006 NHL Draft and played three seasons (06-09) of junior hockey with the Indiana Ice of the USHL. He then received a scholarship to play Division I hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  Gwidt's Maverick career spanned 144 games, in which he notched 19 goals and added 20 assists, and served as team captain in his final year. He would go on to play professional hockey for three seasons with the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies, retiring in 2016.

 
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