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Executive Staff

Mike Cusack

President/General Manager | mikecusack@bostonjuniorwhalers.com

Mike founded the Boston Junior Whalers Elite Hockey Club in 2010 with the primary purpose of creating a true elite spring/summer hockey program, comprised of the very best hockey players from the New England area, and spanning across the U.S, Canada, and overseas.  Over the past 12 years, Mike has built the Boston Junior Whalers Elite Hockey Club into one of the most prominent and recognizable names in North America's spring/summer hockey landscape.

Mike is currently in his 11th season as the New England Region Scout for the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League (USHL).  While with Dubuque, he was hired by and a part of current Boston Bruins Head Coach Jim Montgomery's 2013-14 Clark Cup Championship staff.  Under his guidance, over 300 Boston Junior Whalers players have received NCAA Division I scholarships, and over 75 of our alumni have been drafted into the NHL.  Mike served for three seasons as the General Manager for the Boston Advantage Hockey Club and Lovell's Hockey School, where he worked mainly with the program's U16 & U18 Full-Season Midget Teams in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL).  Prior to that, Mike previously served as the Assistant Coach of the Bridgewater Bandits in the EJHL, as well as the U16 Full-Season Team.  Additionally, he has also served as the Director of U.S. Scouting for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

Mike will be behind the bench with our U20 & U16 Showcase Teams this summer, in addition to serving as the Head Coach of our Boston Lady Whalers 2009 National Elite Team.  Mike is fully dedicated to giving each and every player an unforgettable experience with the Boston Junior Whalers & Boston Lady Whalers Elite Hockey Club.

Jack Cusack

Vice President/Director of Hockey Operations | jack.cusack@bostonjuniorwhalers.com

Jack Cusack returns to the Boston Junior Whalers staff for a sixth season in 2023, his third as the Vice President/Director of Hockey Operations.  Jack had previously served as the club's Boys Youth Director for his first two seasons with the club, while completing his education.

A member of the inaugural Boston Junior Whalers team back in 2010, Jack played his youth hockey for the Valley Jr. Warriors program from mites through bantams.  Jack attended the Hillside Pre-Preparatory School in Marlborough, MA for two years where he served as the captain of the hockey team, and was named the valedictorian of his graduating class.  He was the first student in the history of the Hillside School to attend Phillips Andover Academy. Jack spent the next four seasons playing hockey for the Big Blue.  Jack served as the team's captain at Phillips Andover during his junior and senior season.

Jack graduated from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2021, where he served as the Assistant Director of Hockey Operations for the UMass-Amherst Minutemen, where the team advanced to two NCAA Division I National Championship games, under coach Greg Carvel.  

Jack is eager to return behind the bench with our Boston Junior Whalers elite youth teams ahead in 2023, and to continue to guide our players up the hockey ranks through prep school, junior, college, and beyond.

Ryan Sweeney

Boys Youth Director | ryan.sweeney@bostonjuniorwhalers.com

Ryan Sweeney returns to the Boston Junior Whalers staff for his seventh season in 2023.   Ryan joined the program in the winter of 2017 as a coach, after completing his collegiate hockey career at New England College.  In 2020, Sweeney was elevated to the role of Boys Youth Director.

Sweeney, a native of North Andover, MA, grew up playing his youth hockey for the Valley Jr. Warriors and Lowell Jr. Riverhawks programs.  Ryan progressed onward to play for both Central Catholic High School and North Andover High School before graduating and matriculating on to junior hockey wear he suited up for the Boston Jr. Rangers in the AJHL.

After junior hockey, Ryan progressed to the NCAA ranks, where he played at New England College in Henniker, NH.  During Ryan's senior season, the Pilgrims defeated Babson College in overtime and came up just short, falling to Norwich University in the NCAA Division III NEHC Title Game.

Ryan is the son of former NHLer Bob Sweeney, who currently serves as the President of the Boston Bruins Foundation.  Ryan's youngest brother, Connor, a BJW 2000 Elite Team alum, is currently playing at the University of New Hampshire.

Ryan is looking forward to continuing his work with our teams this spring/summer, and his primary role will be to work directly with, and help oversee our elite youth teams. Please feel free to reach out to Ryan directly with any questions.

Michaela Boyle

Lady Whalers Executive Director | michaela.boyle@bostonladywhalers.com

Michaela returns to the Boston Lady Whalers bench in 2023 for the sixth season, and her second season as Executive Director - a role that she has readily earned over the past several years.  As the program's all-time leading scorer, Michaela has played a number of different roles both behind the bench & behind the scenes; She now takes her rightful spot at the helm of operations as Executive Director of the Boston Lady Whalers program.

Boyle, a native of Reading, MA, completed her freshman season at Clarkson University in 2018 and was crowned an NCAA Division I National Champion.  After that, she transferred to Robert Morris University where she emerged as a star, concluding her Junior season as the 10th leading scorer in the country.  As a result of the unfortunate news that Robert Morris was cutting their men's & women's hockey programs, Michaela elected to transfer for her to Boston College and suited up for the Eagles in her senior season.

“I am extremely honored and eager to take over as the Executive Director for the Boston Lady Whalers program. Spending my developmental years as a member of the Boston Lady Whalers as a player and student-athlete, and now being able to be able to give back and share everything that I've learned with the superstars of tomorrow is something that I am grateful for and do not take lightly.  I would like to sincerely thank Mike for having the faith in me to make this jump, and Dana for helping develop me as a player, a person & a coach," said Executive Director Michaela Boyle.

Michaela's father, Mike Boyle, is a world-class strength coach highly regarded as the pinnacle member of the profession, training the most accomplished athletes in the world at his facilities - Mike Boyle's Strength & Conditioning.

Michaela has a passion for teaching the game to the next generation, and she is extremely outspoken in both her communication & relationship-building qualities amongst our players and parents alike. We are incredibly excited to announce Michaela's elevation to Executive Director of the program.

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