Why Mental Health Comes First, with Manny Viveiros

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In episode #228 of the Glass and Out Podcast, we welcome Manny Viveiros, the new Head Coach of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants.

Viveiros has had an incredible journey of ups and downs, including a battle with two types of cancer during his season coaching the AHL’s Henderson Silver Knights. Thankfully, just prior to last season, he was deemed cancer free!

Listen as shares the how an emphasis on mental health helped him in his battle with cancer, lessons learned during his season playing for the legendary Herb Brooks, and how to implement pace into your team’s play.


  • 1:30 How the WHL has changed since his playing days
  • 3:30 Terry Simpson’s influence in Prince Albert
  • 4:40 Building a winning culture
  • 6:20 Establishing trust with your players
  • 8:20 What type of practices he runs/what’s important in a good practice
  • 9:40 Implementing pace into practice
  • 11:20 How much time he spends on individual skill development
  • 15:00 Evaluating the pulse of your team
  • 16:20 Delegating responsibilities within a staff
  • 19:50 What he’s learned as a player that has helped him coach defensemen
  • 22:10 How today’s defenceman plays
  • 23:30 Ideal point shots from defencemen
  • 26:10 Under appreciated habits for players to become pros
  • 28:50 Health issues with cancer and importance of mental health
  • 35:00 Mental health of coaches and dealing with stress
  • 40:00 Experience at Sochi games
  • 42:00 Getting his coaching career started in Austria
  • 45:00 How he got his in Swift Current
  • 47:00 Building a winner in a small market
  • 49:40 Keys to playing in close games/getting to memorial cup
  • 52:30 Playing for Herb Brooks
  • 55:10 What a successful season looks like for the Giants

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