My name is Dana Mulvihill and I am excited to be the head coach of the Nepean Wildcats Peewee Competitive AA team for the 2018/2019 season. This will be my 6th year coaching in the NGHA and 5th 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, and being to touch on special teams and other situational play as per Hockey Canada guidelines. On top of this, we will be learning the essentials of nutrition, fitness and training, and character development based on a progressive development seasonal plan I have put together.
The kids’ enjoyment will be the primary focus, teaching players to love the process of development and learning, not just the result. I believe making this a habit 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 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 5-6 tournaments this season, with the possibility of provincials. Below is a tentative list of tournaments:
Oakville Hornets Harvest Classic Rep Tournament ( September)
Rochester (Early November)
Bell Capital Cup (Late December)
Nepean Wildcats –NGHA tournament (Early February)
Leaside Tournament (March)
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. $2000 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 approx.3-5 times a week, depending on the 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 PCAA 2018-19