As we mentioned last episode, We took a little bit of a break over the last few months, so were excited to bring you some of the episodes we haven’t loaded yet. This episode today might be my favorite one yet. During the pandemic, we started this initiative in our ‘Roger Neilson’s Coaches Connection’ Facebook group called ‘Coffee with Coaches’. We had guest panels join us live with other coaches listening in and asking questions. On this episode, we had 100 coaches from all over the globe join in on this very special panel discussion. Episode 13 features some incredible voices and leadership from Hockey Canada Women's National Team program. We have Gina Kingsbury, who is the Director of the Women's National Team. Troy Ryan, who is the Head Coach of the National team. And the legendary Mel Davidson, who is currently the head scout for the National Team, and also served as the head coach of the 2006 and 2010 gold medal Olympic teams.
Some key topics we touched on included: Why coaches should use this pandemic experience to professionally develop themselves. What resources have they been using during the pandemic to improve their own leadership skills. What were their thoughts on the state of female hockey currently. What’s the key differences to pay attention to when coaching girls vs boys. What has evolved in the game with developing players then vs now. What they believe is most important to building a championship culture, and so much more!! Get your notepad ready...this discussion was AWESOME!!!