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My Coaching Journey with NHL's Dallas Eakins

By The Coaches Site, 04/04/22, 8:45AM CDT


At our 2016 Hockey Coaches Conference in Toronto, Dallas Eakins joined our MC Ryan Pinder onstage to share his Coaching Journey in an intimate and candid interview. Despite Eakins coming from a playing background, his rise to becoming the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers was not an easy one or a fast one. Eakins points out in the interview why he made decisions intended to help him develop and learn as a coach and how even his departure from the Oilers, as challenging as it was, served as a blessing in some ways.

“This isn’t for everyone, nor should it be. This is my process, this is what I believe.”

Since his departure from Edmonton, Eakins worked hard to earn a spot back in the NHL head coaching ranks. He coached Anaheim's AHL affiliate, the San Diego Gulls, while waiting for his opportunity to elevate to the big club. During that time we also had the opportunity for Eakins to share what he believes comes first Character or Leadership, where the bench boss explains his process on building the foundations of a team in his dressing room.

“Players are never going to care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Find out what has worked for Eakins, who has over a decade of head coaching experience in the NHL.

Eakin’s full presentation is available at The Coaches Site, along with hundreds of other presentations from hockey’s top coaches and leaders.

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