Richard is an award-winning writer and hockey coach/mentor. The former Director of Coaching for Hockey Eastern Ontario, he's a Hockey Canada Master Facilitator/Mentor and coaching evaluator. He's worked with teams from minor to junior to university to Europe and also Canada's Program of Excellence. He's been a newspaper and magazine columnist and has authored two books, one of which is the recently released coaching manual Inside Coaching Hockey. It's available from his web site richardbercuson.ca. He spends inordinate amounts of time running to and from rinks and to finish lines as a runner of various ridiculous distances. He likes cheesecake, dry red wine, and long walks on a hot beach. One of those is not readily available where he lives.
The axiom says, “Everything is easy before it becomes hard.” Any coach will agree that when you teach something new, players may find it challenging, even hard.Read More
In a country where any minute change to our beloved game is looked upon with suspicion, Hockey Canada’s recent pronouncement that cross ice games are now to be mandated in the Initiation Program would seem to be grounds for a parliamentary investigation.Read More
Time for a debrief into the mirror. What did you learn from this season? You can choose to criticize the parental groups or bemoan the fact your players couldn’t turn both ways.Read More
Some years ago, I assisted in the creation of a document to outline the selection process for elite coaches in a minor hockey district. A major part of that process involved the interviews.Read More
Reading will make us smarter, or so went the mantra of one of my teachers in a Montreal private school. It came on the heels of our whining about having to read three novels each summer then return in September to write book reports on each one.Read More
Is what parents say about the coach important?Read More
How do you know when it’s the right time to aspire to coach at a higher level? First, consider the definition of higher level. In the minds of some, a higher level simply means older players. In the European club model system, the best technical coaches work with the younger children.Read More
Whoever says the media or the pros don’t influence us hasn’t spent much time talking with minor hockey coaches. Every now and then, I have to give my head a vigorous shake when I hear a coach talk about his team or approach as if they’re adults being paid a couple of million to play.Read More
Yes, yes, I know, today is Valentine’s Day, so I’m sending some hockey love…However much fun it was as a kid to be in the room with buddies, it’s no different with coaching staffs.Read More
In their exuberance to provide players nearly the entire hockey curriculum in one season, coaches frequently jam a host of drills into a practice.Read More
Minor hockey would effectively eliminate many parental complaints if it created a rule whereby shifts were determined by the clock. One minute or two minutes or whatever – buzzer! – change lines. Novice, bantam, house or AAA. Guaranteed equal ice for everyone. Simple.Read More
A key component of the field evaluations for Development 1 and High Performance certifications is the discussion the evaluator has with the coach before and after practices or games.Read More
When you’re coaching a team in a game, you get caught up in the moments. The shift changes, the missed plays, the whines on the bench, the reactions and overreactions, the uncalled calls…Read More
There are some practice situations that leave coaches scratching their heads. One is the first practice following a long Christmas break. You can bet the kids have done practically nothing from a hockey or conditioning standpoint.Read More
… why isn’t more time spent training coaches on discipline techniques? Granted, as parents, we pretty much learn as we go.
1) Former NHLer Jason York Now Part of Kemptville 73’s Ownership Group
2) Where Are They Now: 2016 Player of the Year Owen Lalonde
3) Justin Sourdif Named 2017 HockeyNow Player of the Year for B.C.
4) Introducing the 2017 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Players of the Year
5) Peter Goulet Leaves Pro Ranks To Focus On OJHL’s Kingston Voyageurs