Chip began his involvement in hockey at a young age playing in the Brick Hockey club. While in high school, he played for Coach
Bob Auriemma winning state championships. After high school, he went on to play for then Roger Williams College earning team and conference honors.

After college, he began his 40 year high school coaching career first at Brick Memorial, then Toms River South and back at Brick Memorial. While at Toms River South, he delivered the team to its first NJSIAA state playoff berth, and built a culture of winning that led to division titles and two cup championships. At Brick Memorial, his teams have consistently ranked in the state and conference playoffs, and have won multiple division titles and cup championships, and produced the best records in school history. He has also been to the state finals as both a player and coach. Throughout his coaching career, he has received recognition as a Coach of the Year, Outstanding Achievements in coaching, and in 2015 he was recognized by the DOE as a Governor Educational Professional of the Year.

James "Chip" Bruce