The annual Coaching Day in Alberta took place November 7th and 8th, at the National Development Sports Center on Flint Road SE. and proved to be a big hit.
This year’s event was expanded to a two day clinic – Sunday taking place at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Minor hockey coaches from across the city and throughout Southern Alberta took part in the clinic, which featured top coaches and athletic trainers of pro players and teams.
Calgary Hitmen head coach, Mike Williamson, talked to the crowd of approximately 200 coaches about a variety of issues, including team building skills and proper practice techniques in the morning followed by a talk from Hitmen General Manager Kelly Kisio in the afternoon.
The Saturday portion of the seminar was mainly focused on dry land training and the importance of proper nutrition for minor hockey players. The day also included speakers from National Sports Development Center, Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada talking about everything from the different paths players can take from minor hockey to the professional ranks to developing power skating skills.
The Sunday portion of the workshop allowed coaches a chance to hear from Calgary Flames coaches; Rob Cookson and Rich Hesketh on developing practices, strength development and their roles with the Flames team and players; how to get the best results from the players, using special techniques such video analysis. Sunday also included an on-ice clinic hosted by Hockey Calgary, Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta and NSD where coaches could learn new drills and practice techniques.
Rob Kerr who hosted Sunday's activities, concluded the two day clinic with presentations from Hockey Calgary, Hockey Alberta and a presentation by Hitmen coaching staff on the insides of video analysis techniques by Kelly Chesla and Troy Norcross.
All coaches who attended the expanded two day Coaching in Alberta Powered by NSD event were treated to Sunday’s Hitmen game versus the Swift Current Broncos with a team of 20.
The two day event was attended by more than 325 local coaches.