Head Coach / GM
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A native of Tavistock, ON, and currently residing in Woodstock, ON, is the founder of 54 Hockey Inc (54). Jeff’s competitive drive and extensive experience as both a player and a coach in many leagues in Canada and the United States prompted him to start 54 with the goal of helping young players reach higher levels of hockey.
After being drafted by the Windsor Spitfires in the 1st round of the 1995 OHL draft, Jeff went on to spend parts of 3 seasons playing for the Spitfires. During his time in Windsor, Jeff was selected in the 2nd round, 31st overall by the NHL’s New York Islanders in 1997. Zehr was traded to the Erie Otters where he played in parts of two seasons before wrapping up his junior career with the Sarnia Sting playing under Mark Hunter.
The next season, Jeff joined the AHL’s Providence Bruins before making his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins that same year.
Jeff went on to play in the ECHL for many years and in many locations including: Greenville, Cincinnati, Greensboro, Columbus, and Peoria. He then joined the Port Huron Icehawks of the IHL and finally the Flint Generals where in his last year of playing, he filled the role of a player/coach. He served as the PHPA (Professional Hockey Players Association) Team Player Representative from 2002-2004 and played an essential role in Collective Bargain Agreement for Semi-Pro Hockey. He has been an active member of the NHL Alumni since 1999.
Currently, Jeff serves as the head coach of the Junior A London Lakers (where he was named to the GMHL All Star Coaching Staff in 2016-2017) and runs professional free agent camps, teaches private lessons, and skills camps for hockey players in Ontario and across the globe. Jeff provided private and group lessons with Powertech founder Andy Paquette for number of years and his list of pupils that went on to be 1st round OHL and NHL Draft picks include: Aaron Ekblad (FLA), Jared McCann(FLA), Matt Puempel (NYR), Zack Kassian (EDM).