NBHL Staff

Cody Murphy

Hockey Director


Cody grew up in Lake Forest, IL where he played for the Falcons before moving on to play AAA for Team Illinois, Chicago Mission, and the Chicago Young Americans. At 17, Cody was drafted in the USHL where he played three seasons with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and the Tri-City Storm. He was then awarded a scholarship to play Division 1 at Miami University, majoring in Sports Leadership and Management. 

After college, Cody played professional hockey, participating in rookie camps with the NHL's Washington Capitals and the ECHL's Reading Royals. From 2015-2019, Cody played professionally in Sweden in the Allsvensken league. After retiring from playing, Cody turned his attention to coaching. Most recently, he coached junior hockey as head coach of the Elmira Jr. Enforcers (2020-2021) and later the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights of the USPHL Premier League (2021-2022). The Knights finished the regular season in 1st place and Cody took the team to the 2022 USPHL Premier National Championships semi-finals.

Ken Johnson

Director of Hockey Development

(847) 997-4625

Ken Johnson grew up in Northbrook, played as a Spartan, and continued on to play Division 1 at Miami of Ohio. Ken has had hockey in his blood ever since while working with the Falcons, Winnetka, Glacier and CYA among others, in addition to coaching and running numerous summer camps.  He has taught players from Pre-Mite through Professional and has been involved with all aspects of growing and running various hockey organizations. 

Tom Gullen

Ice Scheduler

(847) 770-0811

Tom Gullen grew up in Deerfield playing hockey for the Falcons and Deerfield High School. After graduating from college he began managing the Ice Arena and other facilities for the Winnetka Park District and coaching travel teams, many years with current Bluehawks Director of Development Ken Johnson. After he “retired” from the Park District in 2016, he was named Executive Director of the Winnetka Hockey Club until he “retired” at the conclusion of the 2022 season. He was inducted into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010 and was awarded to AHAI Lifetime achievement award in 2022. Tom has enjoyed working with the Board and staff of the Bluehawks on an array of programs and especially the Wishbone Tournament held every Thanksgiving. Tom will serve as the Ice Scheduler for the Bluehawks in “semi-retirement”.


Bob Anderson

Bob moved to Northbrook with his family in 1999 and has coached hockey, football & baseball since. Growing up Bob always had a huge passion for hockey and he has been playing hockey for over 20 years. 

Bob has four children and his two oldest are boys are out of college, in the workforce and coaching in Northbrook. Bob's older son (Eric) coaches hockey and his younger son (Patrick) coaches football. They were actively involved in sports in Northbrook and GBN including baseball, football, and hockey. Bob has two daughters, Kieley and Alison. Ali is a Bluehawks hockey player. Bob has been married for over 25 years to his wife Kim Anderson, a teacher at Countryside Day School.

Mike Noonan

Mike Noonan played youth hockey with the Falcons and Chicago Minor Hawks. Mike played high school hockey at Highland Park.

Mike has been a coach at Northbrook for over 15 years. He has coached teams at various levels throughout his tenure with the Northbrook Bluehawks and has also been an instructor in all development classes with the Northbrook Park District and Bluehawks.

Mike has three kids: Matt, Trevor, and Kelcic.

Eric Anderson

Growing up in Northbrook, I played Bluehawks hockey and continued at Glenbrook North until graduating in 2012. After high school, I went on to attend Michigan State University and upon graduating began work at Discover Financial Services where I work today. I have been coaching Northbrook hockey with my dad (Bob Anderson), since returning from college and look forward to coaching for many more years to come.

Woody Steinken

Allan Hirsch

Hirsch grew up playing youth hockey in the Chicagoland area. His playing background includes AAA hockey where he won state championships in 2017 with the Chicago Mission U18 team. He then went on to play D3 ACHA hockey at Hope College where he won 3 national championships in 5 seasons.

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