In an effort to recognize our state’s excellent coaches, Minnesota Hockey, in partnership with Park Dental, provides the Coaching Excellence Award to recognize youth hockey coaches at all levels whose behaviors provide for a positive athletic experience, allowing players to develop to their greatest potential, have fun and learn to love the game.
The best youth coaches, regardless of what level they coach, typically share some of the same characteristics. They have a passion for the game that they strive to share every time their team hits the ice. They work diligently to teach age-appropriate fundamental skills in a way that makes sense to their players, and they place an emphasis on teaching their players lessons such as teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership and respect that go far beyond the wins and loss they experience.
Perhaps, most importantly, great coaches care about kids almost as much as their parents do, and they show it every day.
“The Coaching Excellence Award is all about recognizing coaches that have their priorities right,” said Steve Morse, HEP Coordinator for Minnesota Hockey. “Caring about the kids is number one. When a young player takes the time to recognize a coach, we know the coach cares about the players!”
Parents, players, officials and other coaches can now nominate coaches for the 2017 Coaching Excellence Award. Selected coaches will have the opportunity to attend a Minnesota Wild practice during the 2017-18 season, and all coaches meeting the award’s criteria will receive a recognition certificate. The certificate will be sent to the nominator at the end of this season so that the nominator can make the presentation to the coach at the team’s banquet.