MEET THE COACH
Sean Berens - Director, Sean Berens Hockey
A Chicago native, Sean is known as one of the top hockey players to come out of the state of Illinois. Sean was inducted into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013 in the player category. Sean played his youth hockey with the Northwest Chargers and then with Team Illinois, where he collected 9 State Championship titles. He then made the move to the United States Hockey League (USHL), where he joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints and finished among the league leaders in points (3rd). Sean went on to represent Illinois, playing twice for the US National teams in Switzerland and Japan. He received MVP honors in the Pacific Cup Gold Medal game against Russia. In 1994, Sean earned a scholarship to play Division I hockey at Michigan State University. In his first year as a Spartan, he received 'Freshman of the Year' honors. In his next three seasons, Sean went on to become captain of the team and amassed All-CCHA 1st and 2nd team honors, as well as, All-American status by leading all Division I players in goals with 36, setting a NCAA record which has yet to be surpassed.
Sean's professional career began with the Las Vegas Thunder of the International Hockey League (IHL), now the American Hockey League (AHL), leading all rookies in goals. Sean spent his next two professional seasons in the AHL playing for the Chicago Wolves, Grand Rapids Griffins, and the Cleveland Lumberjacks. In 2001, Sean moved to Europe to continue playing professionally. He led the British Elite league in points while playing for the Belfast Giants. The following season, Sean signed with the Vienna Capitals of the Austrian Elite League, where he was again among the league leaders in goals (3rd). His last two professional seasons were played in Switzerland for Langenthal. Sean led the league in points per game in his first season in the Swiss Elite League, but unfortunately missed the majority of his last season due to injury.
After his first year of coaching, Sean was selected by USA Hockey to be a part of the National Development Program. This summer he will be traveling to St. Cloud, Minnesota, where he will evaluate players and assist with coaching at the US Select 15 camp.
Sean is a skill instructor at various youth organizations and camps. He has enjoyed teaching players of all levels across the United States and Europe. Known as a prolific scorer and a highly skilled player, Sean has been able to teach players some the techniques that have contributed to his success.
"I've acquired tips and techniques from some of the best players and coaches from around the world…. And now I'm excited to pass on my knowledge to the youth hockey players of Illinois." - Sean Berens