TCS Managing Director Aaron Wilbur on Fan 960 talking Vancouver Canucks Hiring Travis Green

“It’s going to help having someone who’s familiar with the younger players in organization.” For The Coaches’ Site founder Aaron Wilbur, the move by the Vancouver Canucks to hire Travis Green as their new head coach signals that the club has embraced full rebuild mode. It’s difficult to remain competitive while also inserting numerous rookies […]

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FROM BEHIND THE BENCH: Finding Identity by Sven Butenschon

Sven Butenschon started playing hockey in 1993 with the WHL Brandon Wheat Kings. After 17 years with stints in the AHL, NHL, and DEL, he decided to make a change. Not long after, Butenschon was behind the bench as assistant coach of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. Within a year, he was head coach. […]

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FROM BEHIND THE BENCH: Old School by Doug Crashley

Doug “Crash” Crashley is the president of Crash Conditioning, a hockey performance centre in Calgary, Alberta. He’s seen big changes in the industry in nearly 20 years as a strength conditioning coach. He’s learned what it takes to develop young players into pros. In our newest instalment of FROM BEHIND THE BENCH, Crash gives us […]

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FROM BEHIND THE BENCH: Effort Not Outcome with Jeff DeGree

Head Coach Jeff DeGree has always had a passion for hockey, which explains why he is at the helm of the Colorado State University Rams. However, the road to his coaching assignment wasn’t your typical climb through the ranks. Instead, it includes a 25-year stint as a criminal defence lawyer. Needless to say, he’s not […]

FROM BEHIND THE BENCH: Into the Wild by Bliss Littler

Bliss Littler had 12 years’ experience in the United States Hockey League (with the Omaha Lancers, Tri-City Storm and Topeka Scarecrows) and held USA Hockey’s all-time junior hockey record for career wins before he joined the Wenatchee Wild. After leaving Omaha, it was a non-compete clause in the USHL that limited his options and nudged […]

Minor Hockey Talk: Oldschool Vs Newschool

With Special Guest Rick Lanz

If there’s one thing we know it’s that there’s not one specific way to make a hockey player. They come in all shapes and sizes, from various economic back grounds and more and more from all over the world. It’s like buying furniture from Ikea, following the instruction and then voila…you’ve got yourself an NHL […]

FROM BEHIND THE BENCH: The Italian Job by Mark Holick

Mark Holick was very familiar with North American ice after leading the WHL’s Prince George Cougars and the Kootenay Ice, as well as the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch. Not to mention coaching stints with the South Surrey Eagles (leading to a Royal Bank Cup victory), as well as multiple turns with the BCHL and AJHL. These […]

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FROM BEHIND THE BENCH: The Unconventional Path by Rob Cookson

Rob Cookson did not take a very conventional path to where he finds himself today — behind the bench as assistant coach of the Ottawa Senators. Without playing high level hockey himself, he started out at a provincial level and soon went to the national level. He won Olympic medals and world championships before he […]