JTG: Honor a Coaching Legend

Honoring a Legendary Coach

Help Cement Coach GArdner's Legacy In Ice

Now is the time to step up and show our appreciation to Coach Gardner. 

There is no one who inspires athletic excellence at Avon more than Coach John Gardner. The JTG legacy of hockey dominance will surely stand the test of time and with your help we can show Coach our deepest appreciation for all that he has done for the school, both on and off the ice.


Below are videos of the Roast of Coach Gardner which took place on November 17, 2020. For those who would like to see it again those who couldn’t be with us, we hope you enjoy!

With 800 victories and counting, John Gardner has led our historic hockey program to national recognition. With your help, we aim to continue developing our boys into great athletes as well as incredible young men … keeping Avon at the top of the prep school hockey programs today, as well as into the future.

Name the Ice

With the recent completion of the newly renovated Jennings Fairchild Hockey Arena, now is the time for Avon to honor one of our all-time coaching legends. Help us raise $500,000 to name the ice - the John Gardner Rink.


Bring our historic Old Farms past back to life with a greeting or great memory for Coach Gardner. Submit your note using the form below. You can also upload a photo of you, or one of you with Coach, to be posted along with your submission.

After all, at Avon, it’s our tradition to honor those who inspire excellence.

"Coach Gardner,
Thanks for being so influential in my hockey development. The lessons learned have stayed with me throughout my career and I congratulate you on all your accomplishments."

- Nick Bonino '07 
NHL Nashville Predators

"I sincerely cherish my four years at Avon, and John Gardner’s impact on my career and development is profound. When I arrived at Avon, he already commanded my respect for the past championships won and his work in helping players achieve their NHL dream. Under his guidance, I was taught essential lessons for success, most notably, understanding a competitive mindset and an unwavering focus on my personal and team goals. The 2000 New England Championship we won together will forever be one of the fondest memories I have of my time at Avon."

- Chris Higgins '01 
NHL Vancouver Canucks