RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for February is Charles Vance of Calgary.
Charles is currently the Head Coach of the Calgary Saints Peewee 4 team.
"This year, I have a great group of kids, parents and coaching staff," said Charles. "We were lucky enough to win a contest to represent Alberta in the Canada 150 Tournament in Ottawa. It was amazing to go through the process of creating the video and hearing what the players love about their country, and hockey. Being a coach is such a rewarding part of my life. I get to see players grow as athletes and in their personal life. I am humbled when players from previous years make it a point to come and tell me what has been going on with them both with hockey and life in general. I try to impact each and every player in a positive way and keep their passion for the game of hockey alive."
"This gentleman is what all coaches should aspire to be like, he is making a good impact on so many kids in our association," said the person who nominated Charles. "He walks around the Don Hartman Arena like a celebrity, because every kid that walks by has to go over and say ’hello, Coach’. If you spend any time around him you will be soon be sucked in and helping out with a team or a player that needs some extra help, because Charlie has this way of inspiring coaches and players to go out and help other teams. He gets the players engaged and makes deals with players that he will die his hair if they “try their best for the rest of the year”. This year he heard about an Atom goalie that was having a hard year and decided to set up some Junior goalie coaches and himself to go out and help her out. He even went as far as making a deal with her that he will do push-ups for every save she makes in a game. He is truly inspiring these kids to be better people be leading by example and being a better person. Thank you Charlie, please know you have made a difference!"
Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month award is sponsored by Howies Hockey Tape.
For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, or to nominate a coach, click here.