The new mental skills coach for the Kootenay ICE says it’s awesome to be able to bring his sports-psych talents to the organization.
Doug Swanson was added to the ICE bench staff over the weekend.
He says there are many different aspects of the team he will be focusing on as a mental skills coach.
“What we’re really looking at is having them learn how to focus, manage their images, develop better [self-confidence and] remain composed when the world’s falling apart.” explains Swanson. “Another big part of it is finding the resilience or the resolve to do the work that you need to do to go after the dreams that you have.”
Swanson says he wants his players to live in each moment and give full effort and attention towards everything they’re doing in those moments.
“I never talk about balance in life but I always talk about ‘be where you’re supposed to be.'” says Swanson. “I think it’s a grounding principle about you get more out of life if you’re present with the people you’re supposed to be present with.”
Swanson has spent over 10 years with Hockey Canada as a sports psychologist and was a professor at Red Deer College for almost 30 years.
He says the focus this off-season will be building a relationship with coaches and assuring they’re on the same page for the beginning of the season.
– Doug Swanson, Kootenay ICE mental skills coach
– Devin Howard