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The Evolution and Education of a Hockey Coach

By The Coaches Site, 01/21/22, 9:15AM EST


The one important tip from former Canucks coach Travis Green

Travis Green is an insightful bench boss who has a wealth of knowledge from his time as an NHL Head coach, as well as 970 games of experience during his 14-year pro playing career. The native of Castlegar, BC, has eight years of pro coaching on his resume, as well as a WHL Championship.

Coach Green has worked hard to prove himself as a coach at every opportunity. In the AHL he proved he can work with young players and get them ready for the next level. Green’s confidence and influence on the grassroots level of the Vancouver Canucks organization were qualities the franchise didn’t want to lose and he was promoted to Canucks Head Coach in 2017.

With the success Green had developing a core of young talent in Vancouver, it won’t be long until he’s back behind the bench. The Coaches Site has talked with Green a lot over the years, including in 2015 when he discussed developing young players, then again in 2020, when he spoke to coaches on the difficulties of coaching through a pandemic. Every time we have the opportunity to speak to Green, he has shown that he builds his philosophy around the players.

"I really promised myself when I got into coaching that I wouldn't forget what it's like to be a player."

Coach Green also sat down with us at our Hockey Coaches Conference in 2016 to talk about how he approaches coaching and his Evolution as a Hockey Coach. In this excerpt, Green talks about being accountable and building trust with players. 

Green’s full presentation is available at The Coaches Site, along with hundreds of other presentations from hockey’s top coaches and leaders. 

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