Hockey & Hope
BAC Hockey 4 Hope is designed to be an safe, resourceful, perhaps therapeutic platform for our community to share their mental health stories, and read about others and learn that you are never alone. You are more than welcome to remain anonymous if you wish, but whether you are a hockey player, coach, parent, scout, agent, manager… etc. We all have our own experiences and I know firsthand, sharing your experience will make a difference to someone out there, including yourself. Sharing my story saved my life. One particular tough day, I came home and thought…screw it. I’m putting a blog together and I am going to write my way out of this. That blog became Gone Away Boys. I can’t begin to tell you the difference it made in my life, and the messages I received from others. So, BAC Hockey 4 Hope brings together the two things that are near to me the most. Hockey, and Mental Illness.
Derek Hemsley shares a powerful story about loss, and vulnerability.
With bravery, and incredible courage, Ilijah Colina shares his story with mental illness.
Former Swift Current Bronco, Dallas Stars draftee Matt Tassone shares his journey.
Final Instalment in my 4 Part “Pursuit of Happiness”
Part III of my Pursuit of Happiness
Part II of My Pursuit of Happiness is the beggining of the rest of my life.
As the anniversary of Jens passing nears, I will share my personal pursuit of happiness.
Shadee Merhi details how quickly life can change with one phone call.
I began to struggle with expectations, and the pressure I put on myself.
Brett Pilkington of the Notre Dame Hounds Jr. A team joins me
I sit down with agent Brandon Watts from P4 Sports Agency to talk about the game of hockey, the evolving industry and why players have agents!
Great hockey conversation with Dominate Hockey & Tyler Fiddler
So much of the time I worried that I was never going to feel normal again.
This year I started my Junior hockey career with the Humboldt Broncos.
Relieve the Stigma & Share Your Story
Leave your name, or remain anonymous – either is fine. Sharing your story is what is important!
Coach Blair has been on of the best coaches I have had in career playing hockey. He helped me when I was in my first year Midget AAA by helping me improve all aspects of my game with the drills he ran for my on ice skills and the office help to improve my hockey smarts. He is very professional in the way he runs practices and the way he communicates with his players. I highly recommend him for anyone looking to improve their game. – Zack Hayes, Captain of Prince Albert Raiders
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, Union College NCAA D1
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, Spokane Chiefs