2017-2018 Elite U16

Upcoming Dates

Last Game

01:00 PM
Pittsburgh Esmark Stars
Cleveland Barons


Jarret Whidden

Head Coach


Jarret will enter his 3rd year with the Cleveland Barons organization. Jarret brings 10 years of coaching experience at the college and Midget level, having spent 7 years as Head Coach at Kent State University where he set the single season record for wins. Whidden played D1 collegiate hockey at The Ohio State University. He spent the next 6 seasons playing professionally, notching 327 points in the IHL, ECHL, UHL, WPHL and the WCHL. Jarrett comes from a family of hockey coaches – his father won the Ohio High School State Championships as a Head Coach a record 10 times, while his brother, Rob, has also won a State Championship.

Russ Sinkewich

Assistant Coach


Coach Sinkewich was born and raised in Westlake, Ohio. Russ played for the Cleveland Barons 1985 team, moving onto the Junior Hockey level, playing in the Eastern and Central Junior Hockey Leagues and the USHL before playing Division 1 hockey at Bowling Green. Retiring in 2015, Coach Sinkewich played six seasons of professional hockey, tallying nearly 350 professional games played between the AHL and the ECHL. Coach Sinkewich has spent the past 2 seasons as the Asst. Coach with the U14 Barons and the U16 Midget Minor team.  Russ is the owner of the Ohio Hockey Project and is also a scout for the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League (USHL).