“I always joke with our players, we have a 100 percent survival rate of players coming in to see the coaches."
In episode #232 of the Glass and Out Podcast, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Steve Hamilton, Head Coach of the WHL’s Calgary Hitman. The interview took place at Hockey Calgary's second annual Leadership Day for Coaches.
Currently in his fifth season with the Hitmen, Hamilton has spent his entire 22 year coaching career in the province of Alberta, including capturing a 2014 Memorial Cup as an Assistant Coach with the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Listen as he shares his philosophy of What's Important Now, serving information to your players in spoonfuls, and why the coach-player relationship is more than ever about being a partnership.
- 2:00 Best drill to finish practice with
- 3:30 Building a weekly schedule for a team
- 6:30 Helping players transition to Junior Hockey
- 8:30 Identity of the Calgary Hitmen
- 10:20 Creating space for player feedback
- 12:00 Skills to prepare players for Junior Hockey/competitive skill
- 14:00 Beginning of coaching career
- 16:55 Using the right tone
- 18:30 Dealing with in-game mistakes
- 20:10 Important information for players before games
- 25:00 Building trust with your player
- 27:30 Communicating efficiently in practice
- 31:30 How to feel good heading into a gameday
- 34:20 Being proactive in developing leadership skills
- 41:40 Leaving what happens at the rink at the rink
- 45:40 Players that inspire him
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