The success of the Chicago Blues Hockey Club can be largely attributed to our professional staff of hockey directors. We are one of the only Tier II hockey programs in the United States that employs three full-time hockey directors. One director is assigned to each team from Mites to Midgets. All of the Chicago Blues head coaches work in collaboration with their team's director. The hockey directors assist the head coaches with practices and skills sessions and are on the bench for the majority of the games. Please contact one of our hockey directors below for more information.
Todd Finner has 23 years of Tier I and Tier II coaching and hockey director experience. He has been a hockey director for several organizations since 1994, including the Chicago Hawks, Darien Huskies, Chicago Mission, Lake County Atoms and Orland Park Vikings. Todd came to the Blues in 2000 and has coached several of our teams to AA state championships. He also won the Squirt AAA State Championship in 2005-06. Todd played NCAA Division I hockey with University of Illinois - Chicago and has a BS in Accounting.
Chris Imes' coaching background includes tenures with the Chicago Steel of the USHL and the Pittsburgh Forge in the NAHL. Chris also coached in Europe, where he served as head coach of Hockey Club Olympia of the Slovenian National League. He played college hockey at the University of Maine, where as a defenseman he was named 1995 USA Hockey College Player of the Year and was a runner-up for the 1995 Hobey Baker Award. He also played on the 1994 USA Olympic team in Lillehammer, Norway. Other honors include induction into the University of Maine Athletic Hall of Fame and being named to the 1990-2000 NCAA Hockey East All-Decade Team. After college, Chris played professional hockey with the International Hockey League’s Minnesota Moose and the Olympia Green Dragons of the Alpine League in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Jeff Jones has more than 28 years of Tier I and Tier II coaching experience and has been a hockey director with the Chicago Blues since 2003. Prior to joining the Blues, Jeff coached with New Trier High School, Team Illinois, and the Chicago Young Americans (CYA). His teams have appeared in 20 Blackhawk Cup state championship games and four USA Hockey National Championships. He is a former NCAA Division I hockey player from Western Michigan University and has a BS in Criminal Justice.
Justin Maciuk began coaching with the Chicago Blues in the 2014-15 season and joined our network of hockey directors in 2016-17. Justin’s coaching career also includes time with the Chicago Young Americans AAA and the Chicago Cougars Junior A USPHL squad. As a player, Justin grew up in the Chicago area playing for several youth teams including CYA. He then played Junior A hockey with the Chicago Steel and the Green Bay Gamblers before moving on to a NCAA D-III career with Concordia University and Lake Forest College. Justin has been involved with youth hockey since he graduated from Lake Forest with a degree in economics and Asian studies. In addition to coaching, he also the head scouting director of JDM Sports, a hockey advising company he co-owns with his father.
Anthony Monte became a club director in 2014. A Chicago native who was born in 1984, Anthony also has the distinction of being our first director who played for the club. He played with the Blues as a Pee Wee Major in 1996. Anthony played NCAA D-III hockey at Nichols College from 2005-2009, where he graduated with a degree in business management and economics. He was an alternate captain his last three seasons and a four-time New England Hockey Writers all star. He finished his career as the No. 2 all-time scorer at Nichols College with 159 points. Anthony then spent three years playing professional ice hockey before taking over as the hockey director at Fox Valley in 2012.