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Bandits Bolster Coaching Staff

By Doug Shepherd, 03/21/17, 12:30PM EDT


USPHL Premier Team Head Coach Announced

The Boston Bandits have announced additions to their 2017-18 Coaching Staff. Joining the club as Head Coach of the USPHL Premier team will be Jay Punsky. Jay will also take on the role of Director of Goaltending for the entire organization. In his new role, he will take the reins of the Bandits Premier team, who will be moving over to the USPHL in 2017. He will also oversee all of the goaltenders in the organization from Mites thru Juniors.

Jay has spent the past 2 seasons as the Head Coach of NA3HL’s Cape Cod Islanders. In his first season as Islanders head coach the team posted a 34-8-2 record, which included a 17 game winning streak. That record (a 15-win improvement from the previous season) earned the franchise its first Eastern Division regular season and playoff titles. Along with the on ice success, coach Punsky worked tirelessly to advance 9 of his players to college hockey programs and was voted 2016 NA3EHL Head Coach of the Year. 

Prior to joining the Islanders organization, Coach Punsky spent two seasons with the Bay State Breakers Junior Hockey program of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). With the Breakers, Punsky served as Assistant Coach of the Junior A team and Head Coach of the Empire Junior A and U18 AAA Tier I teams. 

From 2007-2010 Coach Punsky served as the New England Scout for the Manitoulin Islanders of the Northern Ontario Junior A League. From 2007-2013 he was the Head Coach of the Middletown High School Men’s Varsity Ice Hockey team (Rhode Island). Coach Punsky was also a goaltending instructor for the Puck Stoppers Goaltending School and the Rhode Island Hitmen. In 2007, he graduated from Salve Regina University with a dual Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. In 2012, he graduated from New England College with a Master's in Sports and Recreation Management with a concentration in coaching. Coach Punsky also has a Level 4 Coaching Certification from USA Hockey. As a player, he played Junior A hockey in Canada for the Manitoulin Wild (Northern Ontario Junior A League) and the College Lefleche Titans (Quebec Jr. A League).