Coaching / Hockey Operations Staff
Phil Esposito | Head Coach / Director of Hockey Operations
The 2011-2012 campaign included the debut of "Espo" as head coach of the Danbury Whalers. Over the course of the season the Whalers scratched out a 28-20-5 record and finished 3rd in the Federal League, due very much in part to Esposito's leadership. A combination of great hockey sense and the tenacity to always put his players first, makes Espo a fan favorite here in Danbury. After eliminating Brooklyn and Thousand Islands respectivley, the Whalers playoffs ended on a dissapointing note as they were swept in 4 games by former Whalers head coach Chris Fiorolo and his New Jersey Outlaws.
Most recently, before joining the Danbury Whalers, Esposito served as head coach for the Hudson Valley Bears (08-09) and Connecticut C-Dogs of the NEPHL (09-10). Phil also was a player-assistant coach for the New England Stars in the 07-08 season.
His prior coaching experience was back in the 1991 - 1992 season. While out with a season ending knee injury, he joined on as an assistant coach, to ex-NHLer Eddie Johnstone of the New York Rangers, with the Vernon Lakers of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League and captured his second Centennial Cup National Championship in two years.
Esposito had a long playing career which began at the United States Military Academy (NCAA), in West Point, New York. As a player, Phil has made stops in the International Hockey League, the East Coast Hockey League, the United Hockey League and the Southern Hockey League. His best professional years were in the East Coast Hockey League for the Johnstown Chiefs and two seasons with Mobile Mysticks, where he again played for Eddie Johnstone.
Esposito has a rich history in Connecticut hockey, stemming back from youth leagues in East Haven, to his years at the Salisbury Prep School in Litchfield, and the inaugural season of the New Haven Knights in the UHL.
Phil and his wife Danielle live in Connecticut with their entourage of animals.
Doug Jones | Director of Southeastern Scouting
Doug Jones grew up in Connecticut and played for the Middlesex Red Devils Youth Hockey program. Doug played professional hockey from 1991 – 1993, for the Los Angeles Jets of the WPHL (then the WCHL), where in two injury filled seasons, he managed 5 goals and 13 assists for 18 points while racking up 98 penalty minutes and winning the league championship in 1992.
John Krupinsky | Director of Player Relations
Guy Guglielmi | Team Equipment Manager
Steve Levatino Sr. | Team Equipment Manager
Brendan Keane - Head Equipment Manager / Director of Amateur Hockey