Virtual Coaching Clinic: Day 1 recap

Derek Jory

Derek Jory is the Editor-In-Chief of The Coaches Site. He previously spent 13 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks as their head writer and social media expert.

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Learn the secrets for developing an environment that inspires excellence.

Creating excellence was the opening day theme of the College Hockey Inc. Virtual Coaches Clinic, presented by InStat, which kicked off Monday.

The first three  presentations featured Seattle Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol, Dave Smith, head coach of RPI, and Cara Morey, head coach of Princeton University. A teaser and breakdown of their talks is below, but if you’re feeling left out, there’s still plenty of time to get in on the action. Sign up for The Coaches Site today for only $99 CDN and get access to the first three, and upcoming 12 presentations.

Here’s a rundown of Day 1.


When the Seattle Kraken drop the puck for their first ever regular season game on October 12th, the team’s quest for a Stanley Cup officially begins. The quest to put the Kraken together began much earlier, and head coach Dave Hakstol has played a major role in that. Hakstol, former University of North Dakota bench boss, sat down with Aaron Wilbur, founder of The Coaches Site, to discuss the process of laying a foundation of an expansion franchise. Where does building a winning tradition begin? Hakstol shared plenty of insights.


Turnovers happen all over the ice and being able to successfully transition from offence to defence, or vice versa, is vital to overall team success. Dave Smith, head coach of RPI, focused specifically on transitioning to offence in his presentation as he walked through the keys to developing a quick transition game and generating offence from the neutral zone. Have a pen and paper ready, you’ll be taking plenty of notes.


Cara Morey, head coach of Princeton University, is in her fifth year behind the bench with the Princeton women’s hockey program after serving as assistant for six seasons. With Morey as head coach, the Tigers “won their first ECAC tournament title, an Ivy League championship, qualified for two NCAA quarterfinals, set the program wins record, and established itself as a weekly inclusion in the national top-10 rankings,” according to her team bio. Naturally, her presentation focused on how she created a championship culture and the secrets for developing an environment that inspires excellence.

Virtual Coaching Clinic schedule of events

Here’s what you can look forward to this week.

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