Winning just half the battle
Elvis Trout, one of Lac Seul’s bantam coaches.
Anna Phelan/Special to Wawatay News
Elvis Trout and Derek Maud, coaches of the Lac Seul Bantam hockey team, are trying to teach their players life skills as well as hockey skills while building a successful team. Their efforts paid off last week, as the Lac Seul bantams captured the Little Bands championship. Trout and Maud spoke to Wawatay News about hockey, life and coaching.
Wawatay (WWT): What is the background of the Lac Seul Hockey Team?
Elvis Trout (ET): Most of them, there’s about half of our team that play minor hockey in Sioux Lookout and the other half that want to play come from other reserves in Lac Seul itself, where they don’t know organized hockey yet, so we get experienced ones to teach the ones that don’t know how to play hockey that much.
Derek Maud (DM): Lac Seul, we play both off and on reserve members. Half play organized sports while some don’t so we usually mix these players up to create equality in all our lines.
WWT: Do you think that youth benefit from doing sports like hockey in terms of developing their own personal growth and character?
ET: I think I do because they pretty well listen to me and I think they respect me too in taking the time out to bring them out.
DM: Yes, definitely helps build character, self esteem, sense of pride, develops their skills and gives them confidence. Building blocks for them as they get older.
WWT: How did playing sports impact on your personal growth and development?
ET: I actually used to play hockey before but seeing that my knees got replaced so I can’t do the sports anymore I’m just trying to teach the younger kids how to have fun, meet friends and enjoy themselves.
DM: Well as my first year as Head Coach I find it rewarding and challenging. Something I can really get into, organizing lines, keep heads cool, making sure everyone had ice time.
WWT: Can you tell me how this kind of tournament affects the kids when they play hockey?
ET: They enjoy themselves plus they also meet other hockey players from other parts of the reserves like from Treaty 9 and they make new friends.
DM: They feel awesome. Being a part of a team, a unit. Most of them don’t know each other but they get into the dressing room, it’s like they always knew each other, it’s quite amazing.
WWT: How do you think it impacts the youth on their character in later life? Do you think it helps develop it?
ET: Yes, I do because they tend to want to play hockey every chance they get now, boy that makes me feel good when I see them trying to play hockey.
DM: I strongly believe so, especially in team building skills developing, confidence building and communication on ice during games.
WWT: What about families, how do they get involved?
ET: They usually donate money, which helps me out on their rooms and the meals because most kids don’t have money. So I guess everybody sort of chips in.
DM: Being very supportive, coming from Lac Seul we travel here and it’s a two hour drive so it takes dedication for parents and supporting family to come out and drive 6:00 a.m. in the morning or getting home at 2:00 a.m. Goes to show we support our youth.
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