Golden Wolves Hockey, LLC
Management and Advisory Board
The Golden Wolves Hockey Club was created to organize travel youth hockey in the South Florida market. This program is run by paid professional staff of trained hockey coaches. In 2011, the company was re-organized with new management and an advisory board. The company continues to seek advise from its customers through committtees created by the advisory board.
Stephen Lynch, President & Director of Hockey
Steve was born in Raleigh, NC but was raised in Pequannock, NJ. Steve grew up playing ice hockey in the South Mountain Arena in West Orange, NJ. It was the old practice facility for the NJ Devils and the home of his alma mater Seton Hall Prep. That’s also where his coaching career started before moving to South Florida in the spring of 2000. Steve resides in Cooper City, Florida and is engaged to be married to Martha Rama.
Mr. Lynch has been coaching ice hockey for over 20 years. He has been very fortunate to be able to work side by side with some of the best coaches in the business at a young age as an instructor and director for the Huron Hockey Schools. Mr. Lynch also served as Coaching and Program Director for the NJ Devils Youth Hockey Club before becoming the Program Director for the Golden Wolves where he has served for the past 11 years. In that time he been instrumental in helping change the face of hockey in Florida. Mr. Lynch has served on the SAHOF Board of Directors since 2003, has been a Head Coach and Evaluator for the USA Player Development Program, and has made five appearances at the USA Hockey National Championships which includes bringing the first National Championship to the Southeast District and the State of Florida.
Yannick Tessier, CEO & Chair of the Advisory Board
Yannick was born in Quebec, Canada where he grew up playing youth hockey until his family moved to Hollywood, Florida in 1977. That was the end of his youth hockey "career", but he continues to watch his beloved Montreal Canadiens. Yannick is married to Lori and has two beautiful children, Marissa and Miles (twins). Miles has been playing as a Golden Wolve player since 2009 where he started with the Mites, while his sister Marissa enjoys gymnastics. Yannick participates in many charitable events including Lauren's Kids Foundation and United Way.
Mr. Tessier brings over 20 years of experience in business operations. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Tessier has operated his own enterprises for many years building successful companies from the ground up. Currently, Mr. Tessier manages his private equity firm, Bizmodus where he assists talented entrepreneurs by investing in their business strategy through an incubation process within his organization. He joins the management team of the Golden Wolves by investing to assist in builiding a solid core of business principles in finance, technology, marketing, sales and operations. His passion for this youth organization has allowed him to donate his time and energy in laying out the foundation for future success to many generations.
John Harshaw, Member of the Advisory Board
John was born and raised in Florida, a non traditional hockey market, and is firmly committed to the growth and success of youth hockey in South Florida. John is married to Julie, and together reside in Davie, Florida with their three children, Justin, Jared, and Jenna. Both of their sons enjoy playing the game of hockey, while their baby sister Jenna patiently awaits her turn to play. John is very active in his community, and has coached youth soccer, baseball, and hockey for many local programs. He currently serves as a mentor for the Greater Miami Big Brothers and Big Sisters program, in partnership with the Miami Heat Academy. The Harshaw's are active supporters of many charities including the United Way of Miami Dade, St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Autism Speaks, and Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
Mr. Harshaw is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and joins our advisory board with over 30 years of experience in the field of Information Technology and business operations. His knowledge and expertise of business technology and effective integration will help to enhance our program, as we further improve automation to service the needs of our families, players, and teams. For the past two seasons, Mr. Harshaw has served as a team manager for the Golden Wolves, and has organized many special team functions and tournament teams. John is known by many travel organizations throughout the state, for his continual role as ambassador of goodwill and sportsmanship for the game we all love.
Richard Gardella, Member of the Advisory Board