The Colorado 38s

The Colorado 38s offer spring and summer opportunities for players looking to train with the best skill development coaches in Colorado. Players will get 2-3 touches per week. Players will also get 1-2 drylands a week depending on the age of your player.

Coaches Bio's

Jason Gour (13U and 12U Head Coach)

Jason Gour was born in Houston, Texas and move to the Littleton Colorado area when he was 8 months old. He grew up playing hockey in the Littleton area from age 3 to age 18 when he had to get surgery on his knee and decided to start coaching. He has coached for 10 years now and has coached various levels from beginner U8 to 18UAA. He has led his teams to 5 USA Hockey National tournaments. His achievements at the national tournament include 3 quarter final finishes a 3rd place finish and most recently with the Littleton Hawks won the 14U Tier 2 national tournament. He prides himself on connecting with each athlete and building relationships to get every bit of effort and confidence out of those athletes. As Jason eats, sleeps and breathes hockey outside of the rink he loves to fish, watch movies and attempt to golf.

“Understanding each different individual and catering to their needs on and off the ice is how we build successful athletes.”

Harry Golden (10U and 9U Head Coach)

Harry grew up playing for Littleton, where he started as an 8U and played all the way through his second year midget. He played for the Colorado Thunderbirds before returning to LHA for his final year of youth hockey. Harry left for Michigan State and retuned during the pandemic and started coaching with LHA's U14AA CSDHL team. Harry is in entering his 5th year of coaching and was most recently named the 8U director of the Littleton Hawks. He is very easy going and really connects with well with each and every athlete.

"I truly believe in understanding each player at every ice session and the processes in which they go through to try and make each player a bit more successful each time they get on the ice."

Shawn Rafferty (16U Head Coach)

Shawn Rafferty (Coach Raff), grew up playing hockey in Minnesota. Shawn played one year of Jr. hockey before enlisting in the military where he served ten years. He began his 31-year coaching career while he was stationed in Minot, ND, coaching U10 through U12. After leaving the Military and moving to Colorado Shawn continued his coaching career with Foothills Hockey Association. He helped build the program from the grass roots level. He served on the BOD as the In-House/Rec Director. He also served as the Coaching Director along with coaching multiple teams from the U12-U18 age groups. Shawn has coached at every level from rec to Tier II. While at FHA Shawn coached Team Colorado during the High School Chicago Showcase tournament in 2005 and 2006. Leaving LHA after the 2010-11 season, Coach Raff assisted with Chatfield High School for three seasons. He also directed Chatfield's High Plains teams for those years. Leaving Chatfield for a new challenge, Coach Raff began coaching with Littleton Hockey Association, where he has been for the past ten seasons. Coach Raff has been involved at almost every age level of LHA, from U12-U18,leading teams at the A and Tier II levels. He has coached in the spring and summer programs each year he has coached at LHA. Shawn been one the CSDHL coaches for LHA over the last 7 seasons. He has won two CCYHL and State Championships, and his teams are consistently in the top tier of any league they play in. He is currently the U16AA Prospects head coach. Coach Raff has also served LHA as the Rec Director for three seasons. From 2010-2007, Coach Raff coached and was a team leader for USA Hockey's National Development Camp at the U15 and U17 age groups. Coach Raff brings a love for the game of hockey and his players with an energy that is hard to match.  

Tanner Doty (14U Head Coach)

Tanner Doty was born and raised in Littleton, CO. Tanner grew up playing for Arapahoe Warriors before making the move over to LHA. After his youth hockey life, Tanner started to play juniors where he learned to adjust his style of hockey that would help his team. Tanner became a role player and someone who his team could count on in the big games. He has been coaching for 7 years and doesn’t plan to stop. Tanner has a good way of connecting with the kids and finding out what they truly want to do with hockey and what they want to do with life. He pushes them to reach their potential, but to never be satisfied and always want more. He always finds a way to make kids smile and enjoy being around the rink even on their worst days. Away from the rink Tanner enjoys spending time with his puppy Finn, hanging out with friends and doing anything outdoors.

Dillon Whalen (Goalie Coach and 11U Head Coach)

Dillon Whalen was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Whalen grew up playing for the Littleton Hawks from age 4 to 18, before leaving Colorado to play for the Vermont Lumberjacks of the Eastern Hockey League. After deciding to hang up the skates, he quickly decided that he would want to work in youth hockey, coaching and otherwise. Whalen has been coaching goalies at Littleton Hockey Association since 2017, and as of this year became Littleton Hockey Association’s Goaltending Director. Working with kids and helping them reach their goals has been a passion of Whalen’s since entering this career. Attention to detail, having high energy, and communication are three aspects of coaching that Whalen prides himself with. When he is not at the rink, which is rare, you can find Whalen at the gym, playing golf, or studying.

Jesse Shelton (Assistant Coach)

Born and raised in Centennial, CO. Jesse grew up playing youth hockey for Arapahoe and Littleton. He continued with the Colorado Thunderbirds, playing all four midget years in CO. That path earned Jesse a captainship for the Corpus Christi Icerays of the North American Hockey League. He is a defenseman by trade and have always relished the opportunity to shut down other team's top players. Hockey has the ability to curate and promote the disciplines of life that young men and women will need to be successful long after their playing careers. Coaching played a key role in his development, on and off the ice and I hope to give that back to my community. Outside of hockey, Jesse is a an avid outdoorsmen. He enjoys camping, fishing and anything outdoorsy!

Mike Karas (Assistant Coach)

Mike's hockey career as a defenseman began with playing his first year of 10U C for Justin Waldron and the Littleton Hawks. He went on to play the entirety of my youth career for the Hawks, competing for a National Championship his last two years of 18U AA. Shortly after, Mike went off to play his first year of juniors for the Vermont Lumberjacks in the EHL. The following season, he played my final year of juniors for the Pembroke Lumberkings in the CCHL.

Mike feels very blessed to have been recruited to play NCAA DII hockey in Connecticut for the Post University eagles. After 5 beautiful years at Post, with a full and grateful heart, his time was up for his hockey career as a player.

Mike's coaching career got started when I was playing 14U at Littleton, helping with all kinds of camps during the summer months. He had continued along that path until the start of the ’20-’21 season, when he happily coached with Kyle Obuhanick and his 14U A team. Karas is currently coaching with the treasured Brian TenEyck, assisting him with his 12U AA team.

"This game has blessed me with so much and having now come full circle from playing to coaching at Littleton, my goal as a coach is to help any up-and-coming Hawks to become not only the best versions of themselves as hockey players, but as human beings as well."

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