Sunday, April 2, 2017

By Lee Samuels

Our hockey son Eddie had great coaches when he played the game starting with Las Vegas roller coach Larry Sanford, then Rob Pallin with the AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u, Rob Neumann with the AAA San Diego Jr Gulls and of course coach Rob Proffitt with the NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Eddie was a captain for several teams in ice hockey including the Ice Dogs. Each coach taught Eddie different elements of the game. To improve his skating Eddie twice went to the Peter Twist Skating School in Vancouver before playing junior hockey.

After he stopped playing Eddie began to coach first with the AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 16u and then he and Aaron Kinslow were named coaches of the WSHL Park City Moose in Utah. There were cold, snowy days – like deep snow – during the season. We recently read one of Eddie’s coaching journals and came across some handwritten notes in pencil for a practice. We thought it was interesting as skating drills – as you will see – were a priority for the Park City team. Aaron lives in Minnesota and is still involved in coaching teams and running hockey clinics.

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PRACTICE – PARK CITY MOOSE JUNIOR TEAM

#1

WARM UP GOALIES WITH A PACE. EVERYTHING AT A VERY HIGH PACE

#2

A VERY COMPETITIVE 2 X 2 OR 3 X 3 GAME TO SET THE TONE OF PRACTICE

#3

1 x 1 DRILL

#4

2 X 1 HIGH SPEED

#5

SKATING DRILL

#6

2 x 2 HIGH SPEED

#7

SKATING DRILL

#8

3 X 2 HIGH SPEED

#9

SKATING DRILL

#10

3 x 3 VERY COMPETITIVE

#11

SKATING DRILL

Eddie also wrote these notes on the same page:

HOCKEY IQ

GREAT SKATER

VERY COMPETITIVE PLAYER

EFFORT/ATTITUDE

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Eddie passed on August 6, 2016. He is missed by his family and his dear hockey teammates and his hockey coaches at every level he played the game. Eddie was in and out of hospitals his last months. His visitors included coach Rob Pallin and longtime hockey teammate and best friend Eddie Del Grosso. In his final week our Eddie called each of his coaches to tell them how much he loved and cared for them.