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Spreading Their Knowledge

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

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

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 MTL 74 46 20 8 195 162 100
2 NYR 72 46 19 7 219 167 99
3 TBL 74 46 21 7 242 191 99
4 NYI 74 44 25 5 226 205 93
5 PIT 73 40 22 11 202 181 91
6 DET 72 39 21 12 208 195 90
7 WSH 73 39 24 10 212 180 88
8 OTT 72 37 24 11 212 190 85
9 BOS 73 36 25 12 193 190 84
10 FLA 73 33 26 14 180 201 80
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 73 31 31 11 164 186 73
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 72 26 36 10 165 199 62
15 TOR 74 27 41 6 193 237 60
16 BUF 73 20 46 7 138 245 47

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 70 12 32 5 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 72 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 68 13 24 -6 37
B. Boyes 71 12 23 9 35
A. Ekblad 72 11 24 8 35
J. Hayes 63 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 62 12 15 -4 27
B. Campbell 73 3 20 -1 23
B. Pirri 40 18 2 4 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 17 11 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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