My name is Dana Mulvihill and I am excited to be the head coach of the Nepean Wildcats Peewee Competitive A team for the 2017/2018 season. This will be my 5th year coaching in the NGHA and 4th as a head coach.
I also have an extensive hockey background from a playing perspective, including playing at the university and professional levels. I’m thrilled to be able to leverage this experience to help your daughters develop over the upcoming season.
My coaching philosophy at the Peewee level will be to stress fun, communication, and basic/fundamental skill development (skating, passing, and shooting). This being the competitive level, I will also teach positional and team play, but the majority of the focus will still be on fundamental skill development. On top of this, we will be learning the essentials of nutrition, fitness and training, and character development based on a progressive development plan I have created.
The kids’ enjoyment will be the primary focus, teaching players to love the process of development and learning, not just the result. I believe this is fundamental to improvement.
Other facets of my philosophy:
Fair ice time: each player will be given a chance to develop
Build work ethic and character: players will be challenged to work hard and do drills with high intensity. Players will be encouraged to go slightly out of their comfort zones to improve.
Practice with a purpose: We will be a goal oriented team, having both individual and team goals and objectives that we will strive to achieve together.
Treat each player as an individual: I will find out what motivates them and how they learn and take a vested interest in each player and their improvement, both as athletes and people.
Decision making: Get kids to learn how to think under pressure and make decisions based on the play at hand, not just based on repetition.
Team play: teaching the kids to be a part of something bigger than themselves and to buy in to the idea that true measure of success is team based, not individual based
I will put all my energy into the development of this team and I will consider this season a success if I see significant improvement in every player. Ideally, they will begin to understand that success comes from commitment and hard work, and will want to play hockey again the next year because they had a great experience!
We will be looking to play in approximately six tournaments this season, with the possibility of provincials as well. Below is a tentative list of tournaments, with only the Oakville tournament in September, and the Nepean tournament not subject to change:
Oakville Hornets Harvest Classic Rep Tournament ( September 14-17)
Etobicoke Pink the Rink Tournament (October 16-18)
Whitby Tournament of Heroes – (early December)
Gloucester Cumberland Tournament (Mid-December)
Nepean Wildcats –NGHA tournament (Late January)
Durham West Bolts and Hearts Tournament (Mid-February)
Provincials* (early April)
* need to qualify
Parental involvement in the team events, organizational responsibilities and fundraising activities will be very important to make this a successful season. Unfortunately, the competitive level comes at a higher cost; we will therefore need your help in order to achieve our goals. I am anticipating team fees to be approx. $1900 per player. Upon the completion of sort-outs, a team fundraising strategy will be developed in an effort to reduce these costs and any other expenses. From a time perspective, please expect to be together 3-4 times a week (dryland included).
I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at tryouts and wish all the girls the best of luck! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Head Coach NGHA PCA