The 2014-2015 season marks the seventh year behind the bench for Jeff, and his third year as the Midget Sens head coach. This year is Jeff’s fifth year at Major Midget, an age group that he enjoys coaching. The 2013-2014 season was very successful; the Midget team won the OEMHL championship, a silver medal at the OHF Provincial championship, and Jeff was selected as the 2013-2014 OEMHL AAA Coach of the year.
Jeff received Hockey Canada’s High Performance 1 (HP1) certification in 2011, HNO – Thunder Bay. Recently, Jeff attended Hockey Canada’s High Performance 2 (HP2) clinic at Hockey Canada’s head office in Calgary, AB, from July 6-11, 2014. The HP2 is the highest level of coaching certification one can obtain, and will take two years for Jeff to complete. He aspires to reach the highest level of coaching, and his goal is to be a career coach.
Jeff is a creative, outside the box thinker. With his unique approach, and positive rapport with the players & parents, he has helped inspire confidence and creativity up and down his roster, which has helped develop the Midget program to be competitive across all of Ontario. Several of the players he has coached have gone on to play in various Major Junior, Jr. A, Jr. B leagues across Canada.
Jeff has high expectations for the 2014-2015 Midget Sens team, and believes they can conquer any challenge set in front of them. With several core players returning to the team, and winning the silver medal at the OHF championship last year, Jeff believes the team is experienced and prepared to not only win the provincial championship, but to also contend for the Telus Cup.
On off nights from the midget team, Jeff also the video/assistant coach with the Ottawa 67’s (OHL), and the video coach for the Team Ontario U16 hockey team, at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
Jeff receiving Coach of the Year Award
Assistant Coach – Andy Choquette
Andy is starting his 15th year coaching hockey. He has spent over half of his coaching career at the midget and Jr levels both in Canada and the USA. While in the US, as part of the 2004-05, and 2005-06 Tri-City Eagles U18 AAA/AA coaching staff, the team won 2 CBHL championships, Silver stick finalists, Southeast District Champions, and won a berth to the 2006 National championships in Pittsburgh. Back in Canada, he has been part of KMHA where he coached both Bantam and Midget, winning a city championship in 2009-10 with Min Midgets. Last year Andy was an assistant coach with the CCHL JR A Kemptville 73’s, helping the 73s make their 1st playoff appearance in 5 years.
Andy is qualified Hockey Canada Coach Development Stream and USA Hockey Level 4 He has participated in numerous hockey professional development seminars, courses, and presentations on a yearly basis in order to maintain his currency and knowledge related to the development and advancements made in the game of hockey, its players and its coaches. He has spent the last 3 years as the Coach Mentor and coach development coordinator.
The 2014-15 hockey season will mark the third year that Rick Besharah will be working with Jeff Jordan’s Midget Sens AAA team. By providing the team’s goaltenders with the necessary on-ice theory and development training they need, they will take their game to the next level to ensure that this season is a successful one.
Rick Besharah’s highest level of achievement was within the Chicago Blackhawks farm system at the ECHL minor professional level. Prior to professional hockey, Besharah played both in the Montreal, QC and Ottawa, ON regions at AA, AAA, Junior B, and Junior A levels & attended Major Junior camps within the Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL), Hull Olympiques (QMJHL), and the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) organizations.
In addition to working with the Midget Sens AAA team, Rick Besharah is a consultant to teams for their goaltender evaluations, and selections, as well as the Lead Goalie Instructor – Programs Developer at Goalie Army Academy which focuses on year-round technical development, goaltender-specific power skating, and pre-season conditioning program training for the goaltenders who attend the school’s sessions.
Besharah initially began coaching goaltenders at age 14 when he was approached to take over the goaltending training for the Montreal Kings Novice AAA team. This experience led to the passion for the development of young goaltenders.
Having experienced various hockey schools, clinics, and learning from numerous goaltending coaches, one particular camp led by goaltending guru Francois Allaire (Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche), and his brother Benoit Allaire (Montreal Canadiens, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers) stuck with Besharah. Besharah became a student of the game & position under the wings of the Allaire’s through 14 years of training within goaltender camps, private instruction, video analysis and theory, as well as dryland training. Through being a dedicated student of Allaire’s teachings, and also having had the opportunity to work at the hockey school immediately under the direction of Francois Allaire as a demonstrator, and instructor for 7 years, Besharah was able to learn the importance of working on proper goaltender technique and ensuring efficiency within all aspects of the game through a simplified structure of movements that allow goaltenders to cover as much of the net as possible in every scenario while maintaining agile.
As a lifelong student of the game, and through his exposure to various Junior, Major Junior, and Minor-Professional teams and camps,Rick Besharah brings experience and understanding to the students that he trains about dedication, as well as the mental and physical requirements of playing at any level.
From his personal playing and training experiences, Rick Besharah has broken down the goaltender’s game and developed a simple and easy to apply system called The R3E System. This system is used to aid with providing an understanding of theory, reinforces the importance of simplifying one’s game, and is supported through the various training options which Goalie Army Academy provides. With his experience and knowledge, he is able to provide the necessary exercise training and tools to his students in order to properly prepare and help them achieve their goals in hockey.
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