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Talafous commiting to developing consultant position for the MnJHL's Crusaders in the 2012-13 Season - Junior Hockey News
Published: Saturday, 7 Jul 2012
By: Amanda Marie Liesinger
Dean Talafous, founder
of Total Hockey Training in Hudson, WI, will be a development consultant for the
Minnesota Junior Hockey League's Hudson Crusaders in the upcoming season, providing one-on-one consulting
for each player. Initially, he willmeet with each player individually and go over his background, involvement, and benefits of his development program. He
will listen to each player as they explain both their future hockey
goals and their assessment of their physical and mental hockey
abilities. Talafous will also listen to any questions players may have
and any special requests.
After the initial meeting, Talafous starts
the evaluation process, which consists of reviewing on-ice practices,
off-ice training and going to league games. He takes notes from all 3
venues and develops a profile of each player. He is looking to establish
a clear understanding of what kind of player each of them is and what
their strengths and weaknesses are.
After Talafous makes his evaluation, he sits down with each player and
reviews his findings. They work together to come up with an
understanding and process for a clear and defined plan for maximum
development. Periodically Talafous will also be discussing players'
progress in their needed areas for improvement and implementing
"I believe the above process will greatly
benefit the players that are sincere in their efforts. All players must
work hard to improve all their skills but few players completely
understand what it takes to be successful in getting their performance
to the next level. This is where my background can be of great
assistance to players."
Dean Talafous was a high school
hockey player from 1967-1971 and a University of Wisconsin Player from
1971-1974. He was honored with the National Championship's Most Valuable
Player in 1973. He then progressed to the NHL, playing over 500 games
with the North Stars and New York Rangers from 1974-1982. After his
playing career ended he started coaching College NCAA Division I and II
teams and was named 1995 National Coach of the Year. He was also an NHL
scout in 1984. Currently he is the founder of Total Hockey Training.
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