Mount Brydges Atom Red hockey team
Front row, left to right: William Regier, Nathan Hill, Zac Fisher, Matthew Hoef- nagels, Zander Wagler, Nick Philion, Braeden Viana. Middle row, left to right Adam Bentley, Dylan Snake, Nathan Woo, Dustin Deleary, Sofia Forsyth. Back Row, left to right Coach Ben Forsyth, Coach Ashley Wagler, Coach Dave Hoefnagels. Missing: Coach Scott Hill, Coach Allan MacGowan, Caleb MacGowan.
Mount Brydges Atom Red
The Mount Brydges Atom Red hockey team lived by the “4 Coach’s Rules” this season, and they really bought into the concept. The rules? 4) Communicate with each other … 3) Pass the puck … 2) Work hard … and 1) Have fun!
Only four of the team’s 13 players had played with each other in the past, but that didn’t stop the team from coming together as a unit and displaying great teamwork throughout the year.
“Another strength of our team was to stay positive, even if we were losing,” said Dave Hoefnagels, the team’s head coach. “We never felt the pressure to win, and we never doubted our abilities as a team to come from behind.”
Hoefnagels, who has served as head coach for four years and has played hockey for over 25 years, says the team focused all season on the team aspect – winning as a team, and losing as a team – while working to strengthen the players’ fundamental skills in shooting, passing, faceoffs and breakouts.
“At the end of the day, the score didn’t matter,” said Hoefnagels. “It was whether we worked hard and had fun. And the kids did amazing because each player was treated as if they were the best player on the team, and we rolled our lines all season long.”
And the team certainly had success on the ice, as they were crowned champions at the Port Stanley Tournament and the Thorold Henderson Pharmasave Tournament. One of the highlights of the season for the team was playing in a 3-on-3 tournament in Niagara Falls, which offered a new experience for the players. And though they lost in a shootout, they had a blast playing the 3-on-3 format.
“I can’t thank enough my assistant coaches, trainers, manager, parent rep and Viana Dental for sponsoring our team,” said Hoefnagels. “It takes many people to make a team successful, and everybody contributed and helped in our kids’ development in a positive fashion all year long.”
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