Josh Kern

Director of Hockey Operations


  • 23 Years Teaching Experience (Youth -AA, AAA, Junior A, College DI, NHL, Olympics)
  • 15 Years Coaching Experience (AA, AAA, High School, Junior)
  • 28 Years Playing Experience (AAA, High School, Junior A, Team USA, College DI, Pro)
  • USA Hockey Coaching Level 4 Certification


From Anchorage Alaska, Josh is the President of DC NForcers Hockey Club with many years of playing and coaching experience.

Kern grew up playing hockey for the Alaska All-Stars and was drafted by both the Red Deer Rebels (WHL) and the Dubuque Fight Saints (USHL).  He spent two years in the USHL and was selected to play for Team USA U17.  He then played for the Minnesota State Mavericks Div. 1 (WCHA) and went on to play pro hockey for the St. Louis Blues organization.

Josh has been instructing players at all ages and levels for the past 23 years, coaching youth and junior “AAA” hockey teams for the past 15 years.  He possesses a unique ability to identify, demonstrate, and verbally break-down modern hockey trainings, combined with technology, and then be applied to practice drills that mimic game scenarios.  He has worked with players currently playing at the National, Division I College, and NHL levels.

His instructional on-ice trainings provide expert coaching analysis that utilizes the newest technique break-down, individualized detailed instruction, on-ice instant video analysis, and player profiling data.  A new way to Incorporate and demonstrate modern hockey techniques, terminologies, and visual teaching instruction with athletes in real-time to instantly identify, verbally break-down specific techniques, and help maximize the full-potential of each player’s skill sets, individual talents, and in-game tactical awareness.  Kern’s elite training methods and innovative hockey developments bring the base-line skill level of the next generation players to another level.  A true gift that, simply put, is unsurpassed by many, if not any.

Possesses a level 4 USA Hockey Coaching Certificate.  Formerly the owner of Hardcore Hockey and Director of Coaching & Personnel, Master Instructor, and Video Analysis Expert at Minnesota Made Ice Center, Edina Minnesota.


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