Why I Coach and Teach the Game of Hockey
I am passionate about the game of hockey, and teaching and developing boys and girls in the technical aspects of skating, stickhandling, passing and shooting. I have coached players from the age of 6 to 16 years of age, and watched their development on the ice, as well as seeing their growth and maturity, as individuals, off the ice as well. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than meeting a former player that I coached, and he says
“Thank you” for teaching him, not only about hockey, but about life outside of the game.
I played in the GTHL for the Marlies growing up all the way from Atom to Midget, OHL for the Kitchener Rangers and professional hockey for five years, including one year for the Los Angeles Kings, so I know the trials and tribulations of the players going through the ups and downs of a season, and in their careers. I have also seen the game from the parents’ perspective, coaching my sons throughout their minor hockey careers and their ups and downs with injuries, icetime, good teams and bad, and through good seasons and bad. This is all part of minor hockey in Ontario, and across the country, and why I love it so much.
It’s always a great day for hockey and I look forward to seeing you at the rinks!
Brian Wilks, B.A., NHL Alumni