Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for February is Ian Barnett of the Sundre Atom A Huskies!
Ian Barnett is an amazing role model, not only to his players, but to parents and association members alike. His priority is team, on and off the ice, and the boys never leave the room without a positive comment about their effort and attitude. After each practice, game or function, you can hear Ian’s deep, booming voice saying, “Great work gentlemen!” And he truly does treat his players as young gentlemen.
To create a strong team atmosphere, though, Ian has been successful earning their respect. He works with each player to set a short term goal, and a path to reach it, that is achievable for that player’s ability and desires in hockey. These young men are a family and look out for each other.
Ian is also a mentor to his assistant coaches and the junior coach on his staff. Each coach is involved in the function of the team and follow his lead of positive attitude, hard work and respect for all. Each volunteer they come across and each referee gets a thank you in appreciation of their efforts.
For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.