Hockey Operations

RYAN CRUTHERS | HEAD COACH

Cruthers is in his first season with the IceRays after being named the fifth head coach in junior franchise history on May 30, 2018.

Cruthers joined the IceRays after serving as Head Coach/Assistant General Manager of the Chicago Steel (USHL).  After 36 regular season games behind the bench, Cruthers led the sixth-seeded Steel to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.  Prior to the Steel, Cruthers spent nearly two seasons as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Charlotte Rush (United States Premier Hockey League), compiling a record of 66-7-3 and leading the team to a USPHL Championship in 2016-2017. He also coached previously as Interim Coach for the Reading Royals (ECHL) and served as Director of Scouting with the New Jersey Titans (North American Hockey League).

Prior to coaching, Cruthers spent eight seasons playing professionally in the American Hockey League and the ECHL. He retired as the Reading Royals’ all-time leading scorer and was an ECHL All-Star in 2008. He played college hockey at the United States Military Academy (Army) followed by two seasons at Robert Morris University (Atlantic Hockey) where he picked up many honors including College Hockey America's Player of the Year award and was a Hobey Baker nominee. Cruthers resides in Corpus Christi with his wife, Julie, and their two sons, Blake and Brady.

Email: rcruthers@goicerays.com

TREVOR JEWELL | ASSISTANT COACH

Trevor Jewell joined the IceRays as an assistant coach in Oct. 2018.

The Muskegon, Mich., native began his coaching career with the Charlotte Jr. Checkers before joining the Charlotte Rush. With the Rush, Jewell served as the organization’s head coach in the USP3HL and as an assistant coach for the USPHL Elite team. He helped guide the Rush to two consecutive USPHL national championship games.

Jewell played junior hockey for the Peoria Mustangs of the former CSHL from 2007-09, then served as captain of the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats men’s ice hockey team from 2009-13, registering 73 points (31-42–73) as a defenseman. His coaching career began after playing minor-league hockey for the SPHL’s Huntsville Havoc and Bloomington Thunder, as well as the FHL’s Watertown Privateers.

Email: tjewell@goicerays.com

MIKE MONDOUX | DIRECTOR OF HOCKEY OPS/ SCOUTING & PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

Mike Mondoux is in his fifth season with the IceRays organization and second as the Director of Scouting & Player Development. Mondoux spent two seasons as one of the team's scouts.

The Grand Island, N.Y., native produced numerous products currently in the IceRays organization from the Buffalo area including defenseman and NCAA Division I commit Michael Bevilacqua and forward Brendan Miller from the 2015-16 roster. Over 100 players over his coaching career have gone on to higher levels of hockey including 37 to NCAA Division I programs, two of whom have moved on to play in the National Hockey League (NHL) or be drafted by NHL teams: Dylan Blujus (Tampa Bay) and former NAHL player Cole Schneider (Ottawa and Buffalo).

Mondoux spent eight seasons with the Buffalo Regals/Jr. Sabres program, serving as head coach of the 18u squad for eight seasons from 2006 to 2014, leading the team to seven Sectional Titles, seven New York State Championships, and two Eastern Division Titles in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL). In addition, he also served as the head coach for Kenmore West High School for five seasons from 2007 to 2012, becoming Lake Placid Tournament Champions in the process. He assisted two different Bowman Cup Tournament Champions in 2012 and 2013, Kenmore West High School in the 2006-07 season, Kenmore East High School for two seasons, and the Buffalo Saints 18U team for two seasons from 2004 to 2006 while assisting the team to two Sectional Titles and two New York State Championships.

As a player, he played two seasons for SUNY Brockport and earned State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Rookie of the Week during his first season. Mondoux also earned All-GOHL honors for Wheatfield Jr. B in the Greater Ontario Hockey League (GOHL) in 1996-97 and was a two-year captain for Grand Island High School. Following his playing career, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from SUNY Brockport and his Masters in Adult Education from SUNY Buffalo State. Since 2003, he has worked as a physical education teacher at a local elementary school.

He currently resides in Grand Island, N.Y. with his family.

Email: mmondoux@goicerays.com

MATTHAEUS WANNINGER | EQUIPMENT MANAGER
JEFF PALUSEO | STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH

Jeff Paluseo is in his ninth season with the IceRays as Strength & Conditioning Coach. He is the owner of Sports Fitness, LLC, where he trains current players.

He played with the Corpus Christi IceRays of the Central Hockey League (CHL) for two seasons from 2000-2002, recording 29 goals and 32 assists for 61 points with 39 penalty minutes and a -24 rating during 116 games. Additional hockey experience includes four seasons with SUNY Plattsburgh from 1996-2000, recording 66 goals and 95 assists for 161 points through 131 games.

In addition to his role with the IceRays, Paluseo also served as the Head Strenth & Conditioning Coach for the Corpus Christi Hooks Double-A baseball team and the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi athletics program.

Paluseo earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Minor in Exercise Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and his Master's of Science in Exercise Science from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is a native of Plymouth, Mass., and currently resides in Corpus Christi with his wife (Jeanie) and son (Jayden).

Email: jpaluseo@aol.com

KYLE O'KANE | SCOUT

Kyle O'Kane is in his third season with the IceRays as a member of the scouting department in the St. Louis and Midwest area. When he's not scouting for the IceRays, O'Kane is the head coach for the St. Louis Selects U16 team in the NAPHL.

O'Kane played three seasons of junior hockey from 2005-08 between the USHL and NAHL, appearing with the Springfield Jr. Blues in 2005-06 as well as the St. Louis Bandits from 2006-08. In three NAHL seasons, the right winger recorded 70 goals and 62 assists for 132 points through 123 games and won back-to-back Robertson Cup Championships with the Bandits in 2007 and 2008 under current Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper. In 37 games with the Lincoln Stars (USHL), he earned six goals and nine assists for 15 points.

O'Kane also played four seasons at Western Michigan University (WCHA), recording 27 goals and 23 assists for 50 points through 124 games before playing three professional seasons in the ECHL, CHL and SPHL. Between his three seasons in the now-merged CHL and ECHL from 2012-15, O'Kane recorded 38 goals and 30 assists for 68 points through 145 games. with the Tulsa Oilers and St. Charles Chill before turning to coaching and scouting.

O'Kane is a native of St. Louis.

Email: okane@goicerays.com