My name is Derrick Cann and I will be the Head Coach for the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven Bantam Minor “AA” Rep team this season. The remaining members of our coaching, training, and management staff will be named after our team is chosen. Our tryouts begin Aug. 30 and I hope everyone that wants to play at this level comes out and gives it their best shot!
My approach to the game is fairly simple; if you work hard, good things will happen. We will have high expectations of the kids in terms of dedication, intensity, and work ethic. However with that being said, these are young student/athletes who have a lot going on in their lives and the game must remain fun and be kept in perspective. Though hockey is a huge part of their lives, as parents and coaches we have to remember they aren’t just hockey players, but young adults who are maturing in many aspects of their development. There will be some mistakes made along the way and we need to be patient.
Development, ice time, and how coaches will handle their bench are always major concerns. Our coaching staff will ensure all athletes receive equal instruction, discipline, support and appropriate, fair playing time and will have an opportunity to experience all situations of the game. I feel it is our responsibility to teach them all aspects of the game and as a result our team as a whole should benefit as we will have 17 players’ who can compete in any situation.
As a by-product of the AAA league being introduced at Minor Bantam up, Tier 2 or AA hockey now, will be an exciting brand of hockey and a very competitive league.
It should be fun to be a part of it!
We are planning on participating in the following events this year:
Mississauga Terriers Tournament Oct 10-12, 2008
Ottawa Valley Silver Seven Fall Classic Oct 24-26, 2008
Waterloo Memorial Tournament Nov. 21-23, 2008
Barrie’s Glen Bellerby Tournament Jan. 9-11, 2009 (Tentative)
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 613-256-2113 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and enjoy the rest of your summer!
Minor Bantam Silver Seven