The Real Role of the Initiation Hockey Coach

Initiation Hockey Coach Drills Kelvin Cech

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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It’s the little things that stress a lot of people out.

A few years ago I was watching a hockey game in my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, the Oilers vs the Leafs. These were the pre-Taylor Hall days and were quite dark indeed. But instead of worrying about the outcome of the game, I remember feeling angst during the anthem as one of the players vacated the blue line to skate a lap by himself as he strapped his helmet on.

What’s happening here? I remember thinking. Sure enough the rest of the players followed suit. How did they know when to leave? Could they read each other’s minds?

I wasn’t concerned with the inevitable demise of my beloved Oilers – no, I was stressed out because I couldn’t figure out how the players knew what to do before the puck was even dropped.

Brainstorming ideas for this piece, it dawned on me – from the players to the anthem singer to the men and women with cameras on the ice, the professional hockey pre-game procedure is old news for those involved. It’s easy to get the timing down because they’re all veterans.

Initiation hockey, on the other hand?

That’s another story.

It’s the little things that stress a lot of people out.

A few years ago I was watching a hockey game in my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, the Oilers vs the Leafs. These were the pre-Taylor Hall days and were quite dark indeed. But instead of worrying about the outcome of the game, I remember feeling angst during the anthem as one of the players vacated the blue line to skate a lap by himself as he strapped his helmet on.

What’s happening here? I remember . . .

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