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03-17-2009, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Headcoach View Post
Not so sure on the skills. Pat Burns coached youth hockey when he started and I think he was a postman. Then moved up to Major Juniors as a coach. So I don't think he had the skill level as per say as he had the game knowledge.
I think he meant skills in that particular field. To have skills in the theoretical you do not necessarily need to have the practical skills. I would imagine you caould trace every NHL coach back to coaching in youth hockey. Burns gained coaching skills until he was considered good enough to coach in the Q, he gained more skills there until he was considered good enough to coach in the show. Hence he would have to be considered as having the skills to put him in the upper echelon of hockey coaches.

Also I would consider game knowledge one of, if not the most essential skills necessary to become a successful coach.

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