Metropolitan Riveters general manager Kate Whitman Annis today announced the hiring of Ivo Mocek as the team’s new head coach. Mocek, a native of the Czech Republic who was a first round draft pick in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and played pro in his home country and in North America, has spent the last eight years as a coach at the development level in New York.
“I met with a lot of strong candidates, but Ivo’s passion for hockey, his knowledge of the game, and his commitment stood above the rest,” said Whitman Annis. “I liked his philosophy on team-building, and I was really impressed by his vision for our club. After Ivo accepted the position, I had him speak individually with some of our players. Those conversations, and the reaction of the players to him, were even more proof to me that Ivo is the ideal person to lead the Riveters.”
Raised in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Mocek developed in the youth and junior leagues at home and in his country’s national team program. The left wing was drafted by 44th overall Val D’Or in the first round of the QMJHL Draft in 2005 and played the 2005-06 season in the QMJHL with Val D’Or and St. John’s. He spent the bulk of his pro career in the Czech Republic for HC Vikkovice and HC Poruba, with a brief stint in the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League before ending his pro career in 2010-11 with 12 games with the New York Aviators. Mocek is a head coach in the North Park Hockey organization and coaches privately at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.
“Our team will be relentless, organized and prepared, and we are determined to recapture the winning mentality of the Riveters when this team won the Isobel Cup,” said Mocek. “I love this game so much, and my respect for these players is enormous, being a big fan of the NWHL since day one. I can’t tell you how excited I am to get on the ice in a few weeks and get to work with the Riveters. I promise you – we will be a team that will make our fans proud.”
Original Riveter and NWHL All-Star Madison Packer was one of the players who spoke with Mocek after he accepted the job offer from Whitman Annis. “I was immediately blown away by Ivo’s energy and his plans for our team,” said Packer. “He is a knowledgeable guy with a great philosophy on how to operate a team. He will have an immediate impact on the culture of the organization, and he’ll be able to make a real difference as our team continues to rebuild this off-season. He believes in accountability and camaraderie. I’m really excited to suit up for Ivo this season.”