Coaches across the platform of junior
hockey are in the final stages of filling their rosters. It is in these times
when the true character of a coach and program start to emerge.
Year after year we hear about teams
that sign every player they can in the opening months of the recruiting season,
only to abandon many of those players once the North American Hockey League and
Canadian Junior Hockey League final cuts are made and players start to trickle
down from above.
That player that thought his junior
roster spot was secured in June often finds himself on the outside looking in
come the opening games of the season.
These are the times when the
integrity of a coach comes shining through. Is he going to stick to his promises or go for
the gusto with the late Tier II cuts?
How a coach recruits is just one
aspect of many others in this great hockey family. Professionalism, standards
and backing up that commitment with actions are the others.
The titans of the coaching ranks got that level with one of the most important words of all; character.
Some of my favorite coaches are guys
like Bliss Littler, Moe Mantha, Mark Carlson, and even Rocky Russo...OK, you can stop laughing now.
Author: Stephen Heisler
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with the Heisler Group. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.
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