Tier 1 Hockey Federation is excited to announce Biggby Coffee AAA Hockey Club as a member for the 2023-2024 season. Biggby Coffee plays out of Ann Arbor, Michigan with teams joining from 10U to 18U. Biggby is part of the West Michigan Elite Hockey Association and was formerly known as Meijer AAA Hockey. Biggby has seen recent on-ice success with the 18U team winning the Michigan state championships in 2021 and the NAPHL in 2020. The 16U team won the NAPHL in 2019 and 2023.
Biggby Coffee Hockey Club is led by some of the top coaches in Michigan including Brian Sherry, Kyle Krug, Bob Mainhardt, Kip Miller, and Tom Newton.
Brian Sherry is the Assistant Director of Player Personnel for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. He has been the 18U Head Coach for the club team since 2015. Kyle Krug is the Head Coach for the 16U Midget Minor team. Bob Mainhardt is the Head Coach for the 15U Midget Minor team. Mainhardt is currently the Deputy Commissioner of the NCDC of the USPHL.
Kip Miller is the Head Coach for the Squirt Major 10U team. Kip attended Michigan State University before playing in the NHL and was awarded the Hobey Baker Memorial Award in 1990, making him the first Spartan to receive the honor. The Quebec Nordiques drafted him as their 4th-round pick in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, 72nd overall. During his twelve-year NHL career, Miller played for the Nordiques, Minnesota North Stars, San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, and Washington Capitals.
Tom Newton is the Head Coach for the 14U Bantam Major team. From Michigan State player to coach, Tom was the assistant coach for the Michigan State hockey team. He had 27 years with the hockey program and was the longest-tenured assistant at one school in all of college hockey. Newton has participated in more than 570 victories during his time on the Spartan staff, and more than 700 in his collegiate coaching career that spanned 36 years.
The Biggby Coffee Hockey Club have had a lot of standout alumni within their program.
Tier 1 Hockey Federation (“THF”) is a USA Hockey Sanctioned Elite Tier-1 Youth Hockey League. The THF provides elite-level competition through an unbalanced schedule among Tier 1 and elite clubs across the U.S. The THF is managed by full-time professional staff and has over 200 elite or AAA teams from 9U-18U. The THF brings together clubs from multiple leagues and states and is the only organization whose members operate franchises in the top junior hockey leagues in the US for NCAA Division I commitments: USHL, NAHL, NCDC, and the top junior hockey leagues for NCAA Division III commitments, the USPHL Premier Division and the Eastern Hockey League.