Cameron offers advice for young players

Calgary assistant coach stresses passion, hard work

Published on September 1, 2017

Calgary Flames assistant coach Dave Cameron laces up his skates while participating as a guest instructor at the recent On the Edge Hockey Camp in Tignish.

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TIGNISH – Passion will take hockey players far, suggests Calgary Flames assistant coach Dave Cameron.

“If you combine passion and work, you’ll reach your highest level, whatever that is,” said the Kildare Capes summer resident. “It may be the Western Capitals, it may be the UPEI Panthers. It may be a minor pro team, or it may be the National Hockey League.
“If players maintain a passion for the game, they will have no regrets, regardless of where they end up in the sport.”

Cameron, however, cautions that players need to be realistic, pointing out that less than two per cent of the people who start minor hockey will make a living from the sport. He warns coaches and parents that kids are dropping out of the sport because the pressure to win and to excel has taken the fun away.
He suggests coaches have a responsibility for instilling passion in the sport by making the game fun.
“If you cut back on the development and increase the passion, you’re as good a coach as anybody,” he advises.