Coaching Minor Hockey Defensemen: 3 Questions to Ask After a Tough Shift

Erik Karlsson San Jose Sharks Defencemen

Kelvin Cech

Steady contributor in multiple roles over the years at the coaches site, current head coach of the West Van Warriors Academy U18 Prep Team, former MJHL coach of the year with the Winkler Flyers and assistant coach with the UBC Thunderbirds Men's Hockey team.

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This was the summer of asking questions. From the red tide-ridden shores of Naples, Florida for the American Hockey Coaches Association’s convention to Humber College and The Coaches’ Site’s conference and everything in between, one coaching theme was repeated over and over again.

Asking questions.

At first glance it might seem counter intuitive for presenters like Bakersfield Condors Head Coach Jay Woodcroft or Florida Panthers Associate Coach Jack Capuano to ask questions of their audience, but that’s exactly what they did. How do we build the fastest team ever assembled? asked Jay Woodcroft. How do we deal with talented young players like Josh Ho Sang? Jack Capuano wondered out loud during his 1on1 interview with Coaches Site Founder Aaron Wilbur.

That’s how coaches are wired these days: to ask questions first, and then do the work to find answers.

This was the summer of asking questions. From the red tide-ridden shores of Naples, Florida for the American Hockey Coaches Association’s convention to Humber College and The Coaches’ Site’s conference and everything in between, one coaching theme was repeated over and over again.

Asking questions.

At first glance it might seem counter intuitive for presenters like Bakersfield Condors Head Coach Jay Woodcroft or Florida Panthers . . .

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