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Panthers coaches share coaching aspects with South Florida and USA registered coaches in coaching clinic.

Friday, 12.21.2012 / 9:00 AM / News
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com

Two things were evident this past Sunday as Panthers coaches held their coaching clinic at the BB&T Center for South Florida USA hockey registered coaches.

Communicate with players and parents and keep it fun.

Yes there were drills that were discussed that would help improve skills as all the Panthers coaches were on hand, but those were the two overlying topics of the night. Coaches have to keep the conversations with their players and parents so everyone knows where they stand and they can improve on their skills. They also shouldn't focus on the winning aspect, especially at a young age but instead make the game as fun as possible.

The idea to put on a clinic came from Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen and along with his staff of assistant coaches Craig Ramsay, Gord Murphy and Robb Tallas, the four spoke on a multitude of things.

"What we're trying to do is just give them an idea of how we do our business and maybe give them some ideas to take back to their teams," said Dineen. "Whether they're working with eight-year olds or 18-year olds."

Tallas touched on the importance of keeping goalies involved in practices throughout as opposed to just the end while Ramsay spoke about how to forecheck. Dineen followed that up by focusing on maximizing coaching enjoyment and potential and Murphy really hit home on the communication and fun part. The coaches followed up their areas with a Q&A session with the coaches that came from various programs, including the JR Panthers.

"What our goal is (tonight) is just to get across that what we feel we do is teach," said Dineen. "The chance to influence players, whether somebody like myself that might be dealing with guys 30-years in age or someone that's dealing with my son who's nine that gets a chance to go out there, understand that they do have a big impact on these kids."

And for Dineen, that impact that coaches have on their players isn't just for the season.

"(They) can set a tone any time they get to be a part of a team and work with other people," said Dineen of the youth and USA registered coach's impacts. "Hopefully those are life lessons that will last a long time."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
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