|Oilers President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe delivers his keynote speech at the end of the clinic. (photo by Dylan Lynch, Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club)
Edmonton, AB – Over 500 coaches across Oil Country gathered at Rexall Place today to participate in the Oilers Coaches Clinic presented by EnCana. Enrolment in this year’s clinic quadrupled, allowing more coaches than ever to learn the newest leading-edge techniques from the Oilers coaching staff. The Oilers and EnCana were able to utilize their partnership to reach out to minor hockey coaches from across Oil Country through this innovative clinic.
“Canadian hockey is terrific, we want to provide coaches with tips to give kids valuable time on the ice and training directed towards their skill level so they can see the progress in themselves,” said Oilers Head Coach Pat Quinn. “It’s important to have that skill development, it helps them to have fun and learn to love this game.”
Participating coaches were treated to on-ice sessions led by Steve Serdachny, Tom Renney and Pat Quinn who spoke about training at all ages, practice preparation and coaching experiences. Today’s session closed with a keynote speech delivered by Oilers President of Hockey Operations, Kevin Lowe.
“I know I will not only benefit from the class but my players and other coaches within our organization will as well when I share with them my experience,” said a participating coach. “This clinic was truly appreciated."
Hockey Alberta took part in today’s Oilers Coaches Clinic presented by EnCana by running an on-ice session and providing coaching information. Hockey Canada also provided training information for the coaches’ take home manual which all participants received.