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by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – For a ninth season minor league coaches of Quebec had a chance to get together at the Bell Centre and learn about new coaching techniques. All of that for free.

Once again, Tim Hortons' Coaching Day which was organized by the Montreal Canadiens in collaboration with Hockey Quebec and Hockey Canada was a success. More than 800 coaches from around the province showed up.

The coaches who made it out had a chance to participate in conferences given by world-renowned hockey specialists such as Jacques Martin, Randy Cunneyworth, Randy Ladouceur, Perry Pearn, Pierre Groulx and Pierre Allard.

“It’s important to remember the impact you have on the kids,” shared Jacques Martin with the 800 coaches. “They see you as a teacher, like another parent, like an authoritative figure. You’ve got to remember you have a key role to play for the kids, the team and even the society.”

As well as educating the coaches, young players in the LRF program had a chance to participate at on-ice training with the Canadiens coaching staff.

With the recent modifications to the Quebec minor hockey chart, such as the introduction of body contact at pee-wee level, a lot of coaches had to tweak their style.

“What needs to be recognized is the level of competition in which we play. In the elites, it can be important to start off sooner,” mentioned Jacques Martin. “What we need to be sure of is to teach how to hit and how to absorb a body-check.”

All the pieces have fallen into place for the 2011-2012 season and here’s to hoping a great number of coaches will show up at the Bell Centre early in the 2012-2013 season for another edition.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Lee Anne Vincent O'Connor.


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