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The Top 5 Podcasts You'll Want to Hear Again

By Dan Pollard, 05/05/20, 3:15PM EDT

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Our favourites from this season of Breakaway

Breakaway takes you deep into one-on-one conversations with some of the top names in the hockey world. Covering everything from player development to coaching plans to getting more skaters into the game, this season's episodes were ones that any hockey fan couldn't miss. Here are some of our favourites that are worth revisiting.

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HOW COACHES AND PARENTS CAN WORK TOGETHER

A parent’s involvement in hockey goes hand in hand with the team. They need to be on board with the transportation, team fees and schedule. That’s why being clear and open in your communication is so important. On the other side, parents need to understand the boundaries when it comes to what is happening on the ice. Keeping that clear line of communication is the main key. Both parties need to be open to listening to what the other side may have concerns about. READ NOW

NO LAPS, NO LINES, NO LECTURES

“The generation that was locked into ‘we have to do it the same way we did as kids’ is starting to phase out a little bit. This younger wave of coaches is coming up in the traditional areas that are starting to understand that the program that we’re doing nationally works for everybody. They’re seeing it in their player retention, their player development, and they're seeing that the methodology works,” said Dave Starman, a pro scout with the Montreal Canadiens, Tier 1 Coaching Development Director for PAL Jr Islanders, and USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program. READ NOW

IMPROVING THE PLAYER-COACH RELATIONSHIP

A minor hockey coach spends almost as much with the players as their parents do. They hold the keys for unlocking their skill development and teaching them important life lessons. The core of the player-coach relationship is a mutual respect between both, knowing that each has the best of intentions in mind. What it comes down to is for the coach to treat the players how they would want to be treated by their own superiors. The players are doing the best that they can – it’s up to the coach to find out how to connect to each player and let them know you have their back. READ NOW


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THE COMMON THEME IN GREAT COACHES

What John O'Sullivan realized among the coaches he has talked with is that if your only focus is winning then it is your players who will suffer the most. How coaches can turn losses into learning opportunities is just one of the qualities that can separate a good coach from a great one. Putting your players in the best position to succeed on and off the ice beyond one season keeps them coming back to play each and every year. READ NOW

LOOK FOR THIS IN AN OFF-ICE TRAINING PROGRAM

Using athletics to build on basic movement skills is crucial for later in life. Understanding what to do, doing it correctly and when the best time for it is can help players avoid injury. It provides a foundation for what can be strengthened as players grow older. As we work at home to improve our game there are many online resources available for players to start training at home. READ NOW


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dan Pollard is the host of Breakaway, The Minor Hockey Podcast. His passion for hockey led him to volunteer as a coach and administrator while his professional career has allowed him to cover the game at various levels with CBC, Sportsnet, the NHL Network and TSN. You can currently hear Dan every morning on 105.5 Hits FM in Uxbridge.

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