For everyone here at The Coaches Site HQ, I can tell you it’s exciting to be coming back to Toronto on July 20th & 21st for the 2018 Coach’s Conference. From the growth we’ve experienced in Vancouver these past few years – both from sheer attendance as well as the amount of top-notch professional presenters – we know it’s going to be an absolute blast in Toronto.
That’s why we thought it was important that coaches in the GTA know exactly what the conference is all about. We’re coaches too and we work here, and it’s still easy for us to forget what we’re doing when some of these presenters start to talk.
Here’s a list of some of our favourite presentations over the past seven years. Whether you’re looking for tactical knowledge, advice for dealing with hockey players of different ages, or straight-up inspiration to kick some ass, these presentations will get you started.
1. Jim Montgomery on Puck Possession Off Faceoffs
Denver Pioneers Head Coach Jim Montgomery is a big believer in the role faceoffs play from every dot on the ice. Jim included helpful video evidence in his presentation to show how prepared his team is whether they win or lose a draw.
2. Ken Hitchcock on Coaching Today’s Athlete
Ken Hitchcock could probably be classified as a player’s coach, an old school coach, and everything in between. But the one thing he’s renown for in our business is his willingness to adapt to new trends in the game. Even if that means he has to learn how to send text message.
3. Bob Boughner & Steve Spott on the Importance of Faceoffs
My personal favourite on this list, only because the amount of video Steve Spott and Bob Boughner are willing to share is enough to power most teams through an entire season’s worth of faceoff strategies. Plus, Steve Spott is the funniest man on Earth.
4. Mike Johnston on Breakout Passing
Back in 2013 Mike Johnston was considered an innovator, and I’ve heard him speak since and that trend hasn’t stopped. Mike’s junior hockey Portland Winterhawks are fun to watch, exciting, and it usually starts in their own zone.
5. Guy Gadowsky: Teaching Habits, Not Systems
“You don’t learn hockey IQ by a coach yelling at you and telling you what to do.”
The legend himself. Guy Gadowsky comes up in our offices every day. As coaches we’re great at teaching systems and strategies, but it’s a whole other ballgame teaching young hockey players to read the play and adopt good habits. Fortunately for us, Guy Gadowsky makes it a lot easier.