About BAC Hockey
Hockey & Mental Health
Hockey, and Hockey Development should go far beyond the arena. In part of refining skills, and becoming a better player is developing strong character and being able to handle adverse situations, that is why the focus of BAC Hockey will always be the following.
an extended contest, struggle, or controversy
At BAC Hockey, we do that. We will battle in many of our small area games, whether it’s a tiny space 1 on 1 battle, or a 3 on 3 cross ice game, there will be battle every ice time.
a state or instance of serious or continued
difficulty or misfortune
In the rink, and in life we will undoubtedly at some turn go through adversity. Being able to handle these situations at school, at home, at the arena, wherever it be will continue to further develop character, and enhance our skillset as an athlete. Players at BAC Hockey will be pushed to the edge of their comfort zone whether it’s in a challenging situational skill station, or an exhaustive battle against an opponent. Players will learn to excel when things get hard.
to produce through imaginative skill
In order to succeed in battle, and handle adversity – we need creativity. We have to find different ways to do things, different avenues of success. Creativity is about trying new things. At BAC Hockey, whether it’s a new skill, a new deceptive move, a different look on a release, whatever it is… this will be done every time players step out onto the ice. Creativity will always be encouraged, never discouraged.
Coach Blair is the best coach I have ever had. He gives you confidence when he knows you are low, he is a great judge of character and incredible with players. He knows what to say and when to say it. He keeps things light, but focused, his style is one that would gel with any player. He studies the game and knows so much about what it takes. Whether it’s the little things that refine your game, or something big that will improve your game. – Riker Franczak, Humboldt Broncos
Hockey sense, Determination and Intensity
We have had the pleasure, and honour of having Blair Courchene as a coach to both of our boys Dylan and Robbie. Throughout the years, Coach Blair has consistently proven that he values building relationships and taking genuine interest in his players daily lives on and off the ice. He builds meaningful rapport and he values open, honest communication in and out of the dressing room. Blair is a caring and compassionate person and is a very reflective individual. Combine these qualities with being very thorough and detailed, his results are extremely successful. He takes the time to really know each player well by learning about what drives them, what motivates them, and is dedicated to assisting each individual to reach or work towards their personal goals.– Dylan Anhorn & Family, Prince George Spruce Kings; Union College NCAA D1 Commit
I am very thankful
Blair was a great coach to me. He taught me a lot of great things on the ice and helped me develop my hockey skills further. His knowledge for the game was a great asset to my development and I am very thankful to have been coached by him during my Bantam years. – Braylon Shmyr, Allen Americans, ECHL
He played a huge role in my recovery
Blair was one of the best coaches I had throughout my hockey career. He made me look forward to coming to the rink every day and always motivated me to get better. He truly cares about the success of all of his players and goes to extreme lengths to ensure that every player is constantly improving. Blair has the ability to connect with players beyond the game of hockey. During my Midget AAA season, I faced adverse health issues and he played a huge role in my recovery and continues to be a huge inspiration for me. – Shadee Merhi, Retired – U of C Engineering Student
We would recommend Blair to any player
Our son has been working with Blair as a coach for several years now. We enjoy Blair’s approach to working with players; developing foundational player relationships and open communication as a starting point for teaching. This is complemented by a strong knowledge of skill development and of the game overall. We would recommend Blair to any player looking to improve their overall game. – The Wiles Family, Calgary Northstars