Former goaltender of Tabor Academy & Saint Anselm College NCAA III
Born in Glen Rock, New Jersey
With the Hockey Development Cooperation between Swedish Ice Hockey Association and Hong Kong Academy of Ice Hockey, our players had the opportunity to travel to Sweden for summer camps in 2018 and 2019. Throughout the camps not only did our players learn new skills and a new approach to the game but we also learned a tremendous amount from their coaches.
The Swedes coach with immense detail and care where clubs and coaches from their youth programs all the way up to the national team work together to ensure quality development of their players. This Swedish model of all the regions and those clubs within those areas working with a common goal is a big reason why a small country, such as Sweden, has been one of the world’s powerhouse hockey countries.
Aside from their structure, the depth in which they coach was an important aspect of coaching that we were able to learn from. The coaching method keeps the coaches focused and involved and simultaneously allows the players that you are coaching to understand why and how to do a specific skill or drill.
Hong Kong is still a developing region when it comes to ice hockey so the teaching priority must be skill based before moving onto more complex parts of the game. Therefore, it is imperative that we take the parts from models of profound hockey countries which suits our players and the culture of Hong Kong. The grit, the attention to skill and technique are all important aspects of the game that Hong Kong players must embrace.