Keith Rowe — Southeast Scout
Keith Rowe, Director of Hockey Operations, contributes his hockey knowledge directly to TPH’s players as the head coach of the Thunder AAA U14 Team for the last 6 seasons and the upcoming 2014-15 season.
Keith has an outstanding ability to get the most out of his players, along with recruiting high end student/athletes that possess the skill and commitment to play at the Elite Tier I level. A passionate coach, he is known for his ability to relate to his players and develop bantam players to be successful when they move on to the midget level.
Keith was born in Livonia, Michigan, and began his hockey journey at an early age, playing on elite youth hockey teams in the Detroit area. In 1999, he was named the state’s top amateur player in High School Hockey earning the Mr. Hockey honor. During his junior hockey career, Keith played for the St. Louis Sting, Cleveland Barons and Danville Wings all of the North American Hockey League. He was named to the league’s Western All Star team in 2000-2001. Prior to his professional playing career, Keith played college hockey for the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
Keith started his professional career by signing with the Amarillo Gorillas of the Central Hockey League. He joined the club for the 2005 CHL playoffs, and continued to play with Amarillo for three more seasons until 2008. He served as the Gorillas captain during his last two seasons. In the summer of 2008, Keith signed with the Huntsville Havoc of the Southern Professional Hockey League and played there for one year. Prior to his professional playing career, Keith played college hockey for the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Following the completion of his playing career, Keith went into coaching at his alma mater, UAH, where he served as an assistant coach for the 2008-09 season.
Following the completion of his playing career, Keith went into coaching at his alma mater, UAH, where he served as an assistant coach for the 2008-09 season. He continues to contribute his hockey knowledge to TPH’s players as the head coach of the Thunder AAA U14 Team for the last 6 seasons.
Keith lives in Huntsville with his wife Cynthia and their two dogs Hershel and Molly.
Iain Fraser — Mid-AM Scout
Iain Fraser serves as Director of Hockey for Tri-State Spartans AAA Hockey. Iain brings a wealth of professional experience to the Spartans.
Drafted from the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals, Fraser played three seasons in the American Hockey League with the Capital District Islanders. Fraser played seven games with the Islanders during the 1992–93 season and became a member of the Quebec Nordiques in 1993–94. He played one season with the Nordiques, recording recorded 17 goals and 20 assists, both career highs.
In the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Iain was selected by the New York Islanders in the ninth round, 233rd overall. In his NHL career, Fraser played in 94 games. He scored 23 goals and added 23 assists. He also appeared in four games with Winnipeg in the 1996 playoffs, going scoreless. Fraser made brief appearances with the Dallas Stars (4 games), the Edmonton Oilers (9), the Winnipeg Jets (12), and the San Jose Sharks (2) to round out his NHL experience.
He played four seasons in Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga before moving to the Fresno Falcons and also played three games in England for the Sheffield Steelers. He then spent three seasons in Italy, one in Serie A with HC Alleghe and two in Serie A2 with HC Merano. Fraser returned to England in 2006 with the Newcastle Vipers in the Elite Ice Hockey League, where he picked up an assist in his debut game against the Cardiff Devils.
Iain currently live in Louisville, Kentucky.
John Cimba — Chicago Scout
John Cimba currently serves as the Girls Director and U19 Tier 1 Head Coach for the Chicago Young Americans.
Cimba started his coaching career with the Thunder Hockey AAA organization, coaching at the Pee Wee level during Thunders first 3 years as a program. Since that time he has built CYA into one of the top programs in the US. He has visited the National Championship 2 out of the past 4 years, once where his team received the Bronze Medal. Over the past 5 years Cimba has also been a part of moving over 50 players on to the NCAA.