The Chicago Blackhawks opened their doors for a coaches clinic Thursday evening. In attendance were coaches from all over the state, old and young. Annie Camins, Director of Youth Hockey, says the event is always a success.
"This year we had three, four hundred. I think it was great," Camins said. "We're really fortunate that we have such an awesome coaching staff and that they are so committed to help."
Just a few years ago, the event drew between 50 and 100 coaches. With the Hawks success on the ice and in the community, it has grown at an incredible rate.
Coaches at the event ranged from mite level through high school, and everything in between.
Cary Grove High School head coach Mike Morrison, a longtime Hawks fan, was at the event to learn a few pointers from Coach Quenneville. Morrison has admired Quenneville since his days in St. Louis.
"I'm looking to learn what it takes to be consistent," Morrison said. "I find that's the biggest problem and I just want to learn what it takes from the best. I'm wondering how they (Hawks) have stayed consistent, what are their tricks?"
The coaches were broken into groups at the event and learned from both the assistants and Coach Q.
"It's just kind of neat to be at United Center and meeting the coaching staff," Morrison said.
"I think the coaches got alot out of it, we expect it to be even bigger next year," Camins said.