As we prepare for our rinks reopening, the National Coaching Team have booked another top development coach to talk to Scottish Ice Hockey players and coaches this week.
Tim Preston is the co-founder and head on-ice instructor for Impact Hockey Development and the founder and head of player development for the BC Lightning AAA Spring Hockey Program.
The current head coach for the Delta Hockey Academy Bantam Wild Varsity team has kindly agreed to participate in sessions on Thursday (7.00 pm) and in our regular ‘Friday Night Live’ slot (8.00 pm).
In the first webinar, he will deliver presentations on the topics of ‘Creating Offence’ and ‘Preparation’ and will follow up by discussing his career and hosting a Q&A in the second session.
As a highly respected player development and skating coach, Preston works with a broad base of professional and amateur players in the NHL, AHL, ECHL, NCAA, WHL, BCHL, PIJHL and MML.
In addition to training Olympic gold medallists, he has worked with winners of the Maurice Richard Trophy, the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Stanley Cup.
Before coaching and starting Impact Hockey, he enjoyed a successful hockey career which included five years in the WHL playing for the Seattle Thunderbirds and the Saskatoon Blades.
In 1999, Preston was selected in the third round of the NHL draft by the Buffalo Sabres and eventually finished his playing career within the Pittsburgh Penguins organisation.
SIH coach, Martin King, said: “We have been trying to get Tim for weeks now, and we are so pleased to secure these sessions despite his busy schedule.
“These will be the last sessions for a little while, so we hope to have a great turn from the Scottish Ice Hockey faithful.”