Coaches across the platform of junior hockey are in the final stages of filling their rosters. It is in these times when the true character of a coach and program start to emerge.
Year after year we hear about teams that sign every player they can in the opening months of the recruiting season, only to abandon many of those players once the North American Hockey League and Canadian Junior Hockey League final cuts are made and players start to trickle down from above.
That player that thought his junior roster spot was secured in June often finds himself on the outside looking in come the opening games of the season.
These are the times when the integrity of a coach comes shining through. Is he going to stick to his promises or go for the gusto with the late Tier II cuts?
How a coach recruits is just one aspect of many others in this great hockey family. Professionalism, standards and backing up that commitment with actions are the others.
The titans of the coaching ranks got that level with one of the most important words of all; character.
Author: Stephen Heisler
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with Victorious Hockey Company. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.
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