Knowing When to Give Players Space, with Erie Otters’ Stan Butler

Glass and Out Hockey Podcast - Stan Butler
"I've always believed as a coach, you teach, you correct, and then you's a new play, it's a new game and you let them get out there."

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In episode 212, Erie Otters Head Coach Stan Butler joins the Glass and Out Podcast.

Butler recently returned behind the bench after a two year break; the veteran bench boss is now in his 26th season coaching in the CHL. He’s coached in over 1,600 OHL games, winning 742 of them, ranking him in the top five in league history in both categories.

As you’ll hear in this episode, Butler still steps onto the ice for practice with the same energy and enthusiasm that he did when he first joined the Oshawa Generals, nearly 30 years ago.

A self-described “hard-ass coach,” Butler has built his coaching philosophy around a growth mindset and allowing players to have space when a situation requires it.

“I’ve always believed as a coach, you teach, you correct, and then you forget…it’s a new play, it’s a new game and you let them get out there. One philosophy I have is I never speak to the team after a game, I just don’t see any purpose in it…You just leave people be and then the next day if there’s stuff you need to correct, you circle back and you get there.”

Hear Butler discuss the influence his teaching career has had on his coaching career, the decision to stay in Junior hockey, and why he still has the juice to chase that elusive OHL crown with the Erie Otters.

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Aaron Wilbur

I’m a husband, father, sports nut and Founder of The Coaches Site. I enjoy cooking, watching live music and hiking the North Shore mountains with my family. My son is a football player, which has turned me into a big football fan. It’s helped me appreciate what hockey parents go through, especially those who have little experience with the sport, when trying to navigate their child up the hockey ladder.

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