By Phil Colvin – Special to USAHockey.com
After years of coaching at the Tier I level with the Chicago Mission, Kent Allen and Pete Rutili have turned their attention to teaching younger players in the metropolitan Chicago area.
Allen took over as hockey director of the Chicago Jets, the city’s first Tier II organization, in June 2012. Nine months later, in March 2013, Rutili became hockey director of the Chicago Cyclones, located at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, Ill., about 40 miles west of the Windy City.
In the 2009-10 season, the pair coached three members of this year’s United States National Junior Team – Thomas DiPauli, Vince Hinostroza and Ryan Hartman – on the Chicago Mission 16U squad and regularly built small-area games into their practice sessions with the Tier I midgets.
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