Program Overview

The purpose of this program is a result of direct action Hockey Canada and its member Branches have taken since the Coaching Association of Canada's evaluation of the NCCP in 1995 and the Molson Open Ice Summit on player development of 1999.

Download Hockey Canada's 2005 Report on The Open Ice Summit (PDF)

In both events, it was determined that the mentoring of coaches at all levels and specifically minor hockey is the key to the future growth of coaching in Canada. The ultimate outcome is improved athlete development through the establishment of a national coach mentoring program.

Coach Mentorship Program and Coach Specialty Clinics

The purpose of this program is a result of direct action Hockey Canada and its member Branches have taken since the Coaching Association of Canada's evaluation of the NCCP in 1995 and the Molson Open Ice Summit on player development of 1999. In both events, it was determined that the mentoring of coaches at all levels and specifically minor hockey is the key to the future growth of coaching in Canada. The ultimate outcome is improved athlete development through the establishment of a national coach mentoring program. As a result, at the 2000 Annual General Meeting, the Board of Hockey Canada approved unanimously the creation and implementation of the National Coach Mentorship Program (NCMP) to foster the future growth of coaching and player development in Canada.

In 2007 Hockey Calgary implemented a Coach Mentorship Program. In the past three seasons Hockey Calgary has administered over 200 coach specialty clinics to over 2,500 coaches. The Coach Mentorship Program is an association driven program that is meant to empower coaches giving them the knowledge, resources and feedback they need to become a successful coach in the minor hockey system. Hockey Calgary created a Coach Mentorship Program manual that associations can use to build there own program for their association.

Download the Hockey Calgary Coach Mentorship Manual (PDF)

The associations that currently take part in the Hockey Calgary Coach Mentorship Program include:

  • Crowfoot
  • Lake Bonavista
  • Midnapore
  • McKnight
  • PSA
  • Southland
  • Springbank
  • Westwood

How Do I Set up a Coach Mentorship Program Within My Association?

  1. Read over the Hockey Calgary Coach Mentorship Manual (PDF)
  2. Contact Hockey Calgary and set up a meeting to discuss the program
  3. Read over the documents for the Hockey Canada Coach Mentorship Program for guidance (listed below)

Hockey Canada Coach Mentorship Program

Coach Mentorship Program Coach Specialty Clinics

LB, Midnapore, McKnight, PSA, Southland, Springbank, and Westwood split the cost of ice for 10 coach development sessions that Hockey Calgary administers. If you are a coach from one of these seven associations and or would like to regsiter for one of the clinics click the link below:

Register for the Coach Mentorship Program Coaching Clinics

To download a practice plan from one of these clinics please click one of the links below:

Hockey Canada Coach Specialty Clinic PDFs

Skating
Puck Control
Shooting and Scoring
Small Area Games
Creating Offence
Developing Defencemen

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