Olli Jokinen


Olli Jokinen is one of the most successful European born NHL players of all time. He was drafted 3rd over all by the LA Kings in 1997 and played over 1200 games and 19 seasons in the NHL. Olli Jokinen will be coaching the U16 “AAA” team with the Academy starting in the fall of 2017.

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Tomas Vokoun


Tomáš Vokoun is a Czech Rebublic born goaltender who was drafted in 1994 by the Montreal Canadiens. Vokoun spent 16 seasons in the NHL from 1998 to 2014. Tomas will be in charge of the goalie coaching for the Academy and will be part of the coaching staff for the U16 “AAA” team starting in 2017.

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Radek Dvorak


Radek Dvořák is one of the Czech Rebublic born players and he spent 18 years in the NHL where he played nearly 1300 games during his career.He was drafted in 1995 by the Florida Panthers in the first round, 10th overall. Radek will be part of the coaching staff for the Squirt “AAA” team for the 2016-2017 with the Academy.

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Sergey Krivokrasov


Sergey, native of Angarsk, Russia, was drafted in 1992 by 12th overall by Chicago Blackhawks and he went on to play 450 games (10 years) in the NHL with Chicago, Nashville, Calgary, Anaheim, and Minnesota. He also played for the famous Russian Coach Tikhonov at 16 & 17 years old for the Central Red Army team as well as 10 seasons in the KHL after his super NHL career.  

At SFHA, Sergei will be the Head coach for our full season 2005 “AAA” team during the 2017-2018 season! He will also be in a big role at SFHA camps and clinics and focus on individual player skill development with us.

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Ed Jovanovski was the first overall pick in the NHL in 1994. With almost 1200 games in the NHL, he is one the top d-men that played the game.

During his career, Jovo has played for the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks and the Phoenix Coyotes. On top of that, he has represented Team Canada in the Olympic Games, World Cup and World Championships. Jovo is a World Junior Champ and and Olympic gold metalist.

With the South Florida Academy, Jovo is responsible to be the Head of defensive coaching. With his experience, the defensive players in the Academy will get to know the ins and outs about how to become the best you can be.

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Joni Ahmavuo


Joni is the Academy´s skill and skating coach as well as one of the coaches on the Squirt “AAA” team. Joni has been working with youth hockey players from around the world for the past fifteen years. He is an excellent skill instructor and is specialized in proper skating techniques. Joni focuses on individual player development with the squirt team as well as at the Academy´s camps and clinics. Joni resides in Boynton Beach, Florida with his wife and daughter.


Mikko Saarni

General Manager

As the GM for the Academy, Mikko is responsible for the Academy´s general operations and development. Mikko has a strong experience in leadership and organizational management as he has been the CEO of Universal Players for the past two decades. UP specializes in player placement to different programs from top Independent Boarding Schools, Junior A programs and Colleges in North America. Mikko´s unique experience with educational consulting is a great advantage for all players within the Academy. He has also years of experience in coaching, and managing in different levels of youth and Junior hockey from around the world. Mikko has the experience of top Junior hockey from Europe as well as North America as a former youth National team player for Finland.

Oscar "Chunky" Munguia

Academy Concierge Services

Owner of One On One Concierge. From 1993 to present the Florida Panthers Game night locker room attendant. 2003 NHL All-Star game team trainer. U.S. Army Veteran. Head of Academy´s hotel- and other concierge services.

Manuel "Manny"

Strenght & Conditioning Coach

Manuel ”Manny” Mair is our Head strength and conditioning coach and the owner of One to One Fitness Inc., located in Coral Springs, Florida. Manny has years of experience in training top athletes from NHL, NFL, MLB, NCAA and etc. Some of the best and the finest professional athletes have worked with Manny during off season to get faster, stronger and tougher. Manny will train Academy´s players to make sure each individual gets the best out of every single workout. As a former Marine, Manny knows how hard you need to work to reach your goals.

James “Pizza” Pizzutelli

South Florida Hockey Academy

Head Medical

Pizza has been a Head Medical in the NHL for many years and has more than 2000 NHL games “under his belt”. He has been working with some of the best players in the world and well known for his knowledge and professionalism. Pizza was part of the World Cup winning Team Canada in 1991. He was also the Head Medical for Buffalo Sabres for many years. Pizza was part of the NHL All Star game in 1996. He has been the personal medical/ massage therapist for Olli Jokinen since 2007.



Michael Gertsen, DMD is a general dentist practicing at the Dental Spa in Lighthouse Point, FL.  He is a graduate of the University of Florida and completed his dental training at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Michael works with his father, Dr. Gregory Gertsen, to deliver all dental services to adults and children with over 40 years combined experience.  Both have a long standing passion for hockey and they look forward to providing care to the SFHA family for many years to come!