Former Cornell and Hockey Canada standout becomes President of CYA Girls Hockey!
We are pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Campbell as the President of Girls Hockey. In her role, Jessica will oversee all of the day-to-day operations of our CYA Girls Program. Jessica will implement all skill development processes and hockey philosophy for the entire girl's program. Jess is from Kelowna, British Columbia and is a renowned development coach. She will be moving to Chicago full time at the beginning of August. Before coaching, Jessica's impressive playing career began with Hockey Canada in 2008, captaining Canada to win its first U18 Gold Medal at the IIHF World Championships in 2010. Jessica represented Canada on the international stage with the U18 and U22 teams while attending Cornell University of the Ivy League playing Div. 1, NCAA hockey. After Graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor's of Science, winning 4 Ivy League titles and 3 ECAC Championships, Jessica joined the 2015 Senior Worlds roster, winning gold at 4 Nations Cup and silver at the 2015 IIHF World Championships with Canada. Jessica's impact is felt both on and off the ice, being the only active player to be named League Humanitarian of the CWHL in 2017 and played an integral part of the Calgary Inferno, hoisting its first Clarkson Cup.
Jessica has since brought her playing career to a close to pursue her passion for Powerskating. Specializing in individual skating and player skill development, Jessica has transformed traditional skating development models and created unique teaching frameworks helping athletes dominate today's game on every level. Jessica has been coaching for four years in the Okanagan, leading camps and has helped thousands of athletes reach their highest potential on the ice from youth to the pros. Her genuine passion for teaching skating, combined with her extensive understanding of the game and ability to breakdown the fundamental skating mechanics, has allowed her to launch her own business, JC Powerskating. Actively coaching 15 + NHL Players, Jessica is also a Hockey Canada Trained Skills Coach and an International skating consultant in Malmö, Sweden with the Redhawks, of the Swedish Hockey League.
Jessica will work hand-in-hand with CYA’s Girls Hockey Director, John Cimba and all the CYA coaches to make our girls better. Her passion for development and helping people reach their full potential is extraordinary. It has always been our goal to surround all of our student-athletes with the best resources to aid in their development. Jessica adds a tremendous layer to not only our girl's program, but our entire organization. Jessica will take this year and coach with every team and be a part of every coaching staff so she can properly implement her processes and philosophies. Jessica will also be running spring and summer development programs to give our girls a 360 degree development cycle.
This is a very exciting day for everybody associated with the Chicago Young Americans and we welcome Jessica to the CYA Hockey family with open arms!