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