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Sheer Effort & Quality Coaching: All-American & The NHL


PCA Trainer Eric Eisendrath at the Boston Bruins Coaching Symposium

Some 600 youth and high school hockey coaches filled the Warrior Ice Arena on Saturday, November 19th for the Boston Bruins Coaching Symposium, and were treated to PCA’s upbeat message about the benefits of positive coaching. Before lunch, coaches heard from Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, the Bruins coaching staff and Mass and USA Hockey representatives, observed on-ice youth practices, and saw the Bruins skate.

Another highlight?  The arena hushed as PCA lead trainer Eric Eisendrath shared powerful stories about what had the greatest impact on him as a young player: his coaches.  Eisendrath imparted a number of lessons, including one from extraordinary Boston College Coach and PCA National Advisory Board Member Jerry York to put in a full effort every shift, every possession- “don’t cheat the game.”

When Eisendrath concluded, NESN’s Andy Brickley, who emceed the event, remarked on the power of PCA’s message of valuing effort versus talent, citing the example of his own coach at UNH, the legendary Charlie Holt who, by valuing sheer effort, helped make him, a walk-on at UNH, into an All-American and a professional hockey player with the Boston Bruins.  

Mass Hockey members can bring the PCA message, like the one delivered by Eric Eisendrath and Andy Brickley earlier this month, to their programs through Mass Hockey’s grant program, which reduces the cost of a hockey parent workshop to just $300.

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