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House League Coach Clinic a Great Success!!
Submitted By Jaclyn Morden on Saturday, September 26, 2015
WMHA House League coaches attended a coaches clinic on Saturday, Sept 19th at Iroquois Park.

James Boyd, head coach and general manager of the OHL's Mississauga Steelheads provided on-ice instruction with players from the Whitby Wildcats Minor Midget AAA team on hand to illustrate the drills.

Following the on-ice session, the attending coaches were given an additional hour of off-ice training which included extensive presentations from Dave Branch, head coach for the Wildcats Minor Midget AAA team, Wade Branch, assistant coach for the Wildcats Minor Midget AAA team, and Paul Dennis, former longtime Player Development coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Dave Branch led the group through the various aspects of season planning and team building while Wade focused on the tactical side of the game. Coaches were encouraged to, and did ask many questions throughout both presentations.

Paul Dennis focused on the importance of a positive environment and the role a coaching staff should have in creating a fun and productive experience for each player.  Coach Dennis used a number of video soundbites to illustrate and emphasize a powerful and inspirational message.

The success of this clinic has already sparked discussions and planning for future HL coaching seminars.

Thank you to the coaches who attended during a busy first weekend of House League practices and a BIG thank you to Dave and Wade Branch for the work done in planning, presenting and bringing James Boyd and Paul Dennis to Whitby.

WMHA is fortunate to have such valuable minor hockey resources.

Darren Dreger
HL/Rostered Select Director
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