Chris Schutz – UMass Lowell, NCAA Div. 1 Men's Hockey
"Paul Taylor has been one of the most influential coaches of my career. His training methods were everything that I needed to get to the next level. His philosophy on training and development really helped me to gain more confidence in my game. Not only does he help you with on-ice and off-ice skills, but he also instills good traits to help you become a more complete person as well as a complete player. He really cares for his players and I had a great time playing for him.”
Jake Papesh - Bethel University, NCAA Div III Men's Hockey
"I am glad to say that going to play for the Outliers was one of the best decisions of my life. The training center where the team workouts every day is one of the best in all of Junior hockey. This is paired with an hour and a half of intense on-ice practice each day. These two things do not make a great Junior team though. What makes the Outliers is the team’s unbelievable staff. Coach Taylor and his staff truly do everything they can to help you succeed and move you onto the next level. Coach Taylor is continuously trying to make all of his players better as he spends hours looking over game film and showing us the areas of our game that are growing and still need improving. Without this coaching staff I would not have had so many offers to play NCAA hockey. From the ownership to the coaches, this is a first class organization and I am happy to have had the opportunity to play here."
Viktor Tyutchenko - Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL)
“Playing for the Outliers was a great experience. The team has great training facilities and that helped me improve my game. I was very impressed with the coaching, practices and professionalism of the organization. I am happy they helped me get a professional contract with a team in the SPHL."
Alex Puurunen - SK Lejon Hockey Club - HockeyEttan
"I had a great time playing with the Outliers organization. I was impressed with the level of development I received and it was a great opportunity to experience life in the USA. Everything with the Outliers was first class and I am very happy I made the decision to play in Utah. My game improved a lot over the course of the season and that helped me grow my confidence to be a more effective professional player.”
Paul Taylor, Head Coach
Coach Paul Taylor is a native of Vancouver, Canada who brings his successful experience as a Junior hockey coach to the Utah Outliers. Taylor was a two time All Star while playing Junior hockey in Canada in the BCHL. While playing Junior A, Taylor received a hockey scholarship to Northern Michigan University where he was honored with receiving the ‘Freshman of the Year’ award. He went on to play hockey professionally for seven years in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Taylor previously coached in the Western States Hockey League for 8 seasons. His teams consistently ranked in the top of the league standings, winning multiple division titles and making several WSHL Thorne Cup appearances. In addition to his team success, Taylor has helped a great number of players advance to tier 1 Junior, college and professional hockey.
Kevin McCloskey, Director of Operations / Assistant Coach
Kevin McCloskey was born and raised in Washington D.C. At the age of 15, Kevin moved to Toronto, Canada to play Junior hockey. During his Junior career, Kevin was selected to play for Team USA in the first World Junior Championships that was hosted in Czechoslovakia. Later that same year, Kevin was selected 61st overall in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars. Kevin played four seasons of professional hockey.
After his playing career, Kevin stayed involved in working with youth and Junior hockey at various levels as well as participating in numerous USA Hockey selection camps. Kevin moved to Utah in 2014 and has been instrumental in building the Outliers program. He serves as an Assistant Coach and the Director of Hockey Operations.
Eric Verdi, Assistant Coach
Eric Verdi is from Long Island, NY and began playing hockey at the age of 11. Although getting a later start in the sport, Eric was determined to push himself so he could play college hockey. Eric's early years found himself playing with various local youth programs throughout the NY area. He would eventually catch the eye of his high school coach at Connetquot high school where he would spend four years as a contributing member of the team. After graduation, Eric moved on to play junior hockey in a variety of leagues including the NA3HL, GMHL and CPJHL. After juniors, Eric was offered a spot with the University of Utah ACHA Div 1 hockey team.
Eric is an integral part of the Outliers' coaching staff and helps the team in many capacities including on-ice practices and games. Coach Verdi brings a strong work ethic to the staff and a real passion for developing players and helping them reach their full potential. Eric is also heavily involved in player recruitment for the team.
The United States Premier Hockey League
The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) was founded in 2012 and spans the entire continental United States. The USPHL has over 60 organizations from all across the United States and the league offers various levels of play from youth hockey all the way up to Junior hockey. The USPHL has helped thousands of players advance to college hockey, professional hockey and the NHL. As a result, the USPHL has been recognized as one of the top developmental leagues in the nation for Junior hockey.
At the Junior level, the USPHL 'Premier' Conference provides a critical step for players looking to fulfil their ultimate goal of becoming a collegiate and professional hockey player. The league prides itself in giving players elite coaching, high-performance training, and strong competition for a tremendous overall development experience.
Teams in the 'Mountain Conference' of the USPHL have been selected based on a variety of criteria including: strong financial ownership, geographical footprint, exceptional coaching, quality rinks, strong fan bases, and highly skilled teams that create competitive balance within the Conference. The Mountain Conference teams will participate in USPHL showcases and national playoffs on the east coast which will afford players the opportunity for increased college exposure.