Interview With Legendary NH Hockey Coach, Dick Dodds

In honor of completing my 5th year of hockey class today, an interview with my Coach:

Hockey puck commemorating Coach Dick Dodds' recognition as a New Hampshire Legend of Hockey on October 28, 2012.

Dick Dodds was recognized as a Legend of New Hampshire Hockey on October 28, 2012.

CCM: You’ve recently been inducted into the NH Hockey Hall of Fame for your 30+ successful years coaching the Hanover High Boys Hockey program. Isn’t coaching adults hopeless by comparison?

Coach Dodds: “Oh, good god, no! Hockey is incredibly popular with adults. You might want to double check the stats, but I think adult beginner is the fastest growing segment of the US hockey population.”

CCM: How long have you coached the adult Learn-to-Play program at Campion Rink?

Coach Dodds: “Oh, 9 or 10 years? I still remember the names of the first players…”

CCM: What made you decide to start a beginner hockey program for adults?

Coach Dodds: “The demand was already there to start a program. Hockey is so much fun and it’s a fantastic workout. I just wanted to continue to spread passion for the sport.”

Coach Dick Dodds explains an on-ice hockey drill for the Learn-to-Play group at Campion Rink, NH

Learn-to-Play Hockey classes at Campion Rink are popular with a wide range of adults.

CCM: What would you say to an adult who’s considering hockey, but still unsure?

Coach Dodds:GO FOR IT! …But do it the right way. You do need a certain level of skating proficiency. Don’t come to the Intermediate class if you’re still learning to skate. Check out one of our Learn-to-skate*** programs first.”

CCM: What do you love most about playing hockey?

Coach Dodds: “I love the speed of the game and the sounds of the game… a crisp pass going tape to tape… the clang of the crossbar…”

CCM: What do you love most about coaching hockey?

Coach Dodds: “Too many joys to limit it to one: Putting together a good practice plan…watching as concepts click in a player’s mind…watching as players develop.”

Coach Dodds explains an on-ice hockey drill for the adult Learn-to-Play group.

Coaches Dodds & Pollard share their love of hockey with beginners in the Upper Valley.

***The next Learn-to-Skate, Learn-to-Play and Intermediate Hockey sessions at Campion Rink run from January 3 to March 28, 2013. Find out more and sign up online!

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My 1st Television Interview Redux

In 2009, I was interviewed for the Concord Arts Telefest. For about a month afterwards, Concord TV posted the clip on their website, but eventually it went away.

Thanks to the very nice folks at Concord TV, I recently received a DVD of my interview in the mail, which I’m delighted to share with you again:

Have you ever been on TV? Were you nervous?

CCM Felt Hat Interview Online at Concord TV Today

CCM Felt Hats at Concord TV's 5th Annual Arts Telefest.

CCM Felt Hats at Concord TV's 5th Annual Arts Telefest.

Now available for your viewing pleasure! My 8 minute interview for the Arts Telefest is online at Concord TV.

This was my first ever television interview… let me know what you think!