Roundtable on hockey: Reflective arguments for Jocelyn Thibault at Hockey Québec

TROIS-RIVIÈRES-A devenant director général of Hockey Québec, Jocelyn Thibault and accepted the gouvernail d’un très gros bateau qui doit être modernisé and adapté. It is therefore surprising to hear that the International Ice Hockey Federation is also making great reflections.

Thibault was one of five panelists to take part in a pertinent roundtable on research into the world of hockey and he left UQTR with optimism.

“Every day like this makes us enormously better. Since hockey has never really been associated with scientific reflection, it is rather a very conservative environment. That’s right, but you have to push the reflection elsewhere. I’m in the federation for that and I don’t know where to go. But these are the days that make me trip, ”the former guard confided.

Several interesting points were raised by the participants, but the palm goes to Luc Tardif, the president of the FIHG, who agreed to unveil his game for the coming years. The moment could not have fallen better since Hockey Québec holds its annual general assembly this weekend.

“I was very surprised to hear Mr. Tardif tell it all. So, I ask your question in the comment of va-t-on and doit-on pratiquer and hockey for 10 years. I find it interesting to see FIHG focus on other forms of ice hockey. It’s extremely refreshing and hyper pertinent. If you want to give questions on Hockey Québec », at-il mentionné.

This was not the only parallel between the words of the two leaders. The concept of “flying coaches” deployed by the FIHG immediately ignited Thibault who admits that Hockey Québec has a thousand questions to ask.

“We have to make sure that the training of coaches is top everywhere in Quebec. It’s an idea I didn’t know about and I’m going to remember it. It is part of the reflection because it is impossible to say that one of our coaches or minor hockey will be professionalized 100%. But what can be done to improve their skills? At least, the pandemic would have been positive in the sense that we have made our formations available on the web, ”he reacted.

Dany Dubé, former coach at the UQTR, an expose that is an example of concrete concrete that touches more and more families or hockey while young people often start hockey less often at an early age.

“The son of one of my friends is 11 years old and he yells at me‘ My boy David wants to play hockey, but I told him not to play. He never played, where do you want it to start? ‘ If so, like a punch to the face. Do our structures allow us to live the hockey experience without the structure of the calendar? The first reflex of a parent, to protect his son, is to tell him not to play, he is afraid that he will laugh at him, ”Dubé revealed.

“Among the things to improve in Hockey Quebec, there is communication between the different regions. Some regions have not started proposing hockey récréatif and il ya une recommandation and rapport gouvernemental. I believe a lot because if my son wants to start skiing, he can do it without any problem in a ski school. There is a way to take the first steps. So we are stuck with a MAGH plus program. It’s really intimidating for a 12 -year -old to start hockey. Il faut abattre cette barrière », convenu Thibault.

During his interventions as a panelist, Thibault cited Baseball Québec for example.

«In a presentation by Maxime Lamarche. They undertook a major reform focused on pleasure since the young people left the field without having fun. Young people in the field never touched the ball and young people never came to hit the ball. They saw their way of doing things and the young people left the field with a smile. When the parents see it, they have the taste that it continues, ”he reveals.

Thibault, however, does not shy away from the idea of ​​changing a team category during a season when it is less easy to have fun when we lose all our matches. With these words, his next comment took all its meaning.

“I find that he has a lot of pleasure in retiring through learning. Why young people, in hockey, would not feel the fun because they learn things. You feel more and more competent and it leads to appreciation, ”he submitted.

“If there were competent coaches everywhere in Quebec, the coach could tell parents, ‘This week, we will work on the protection of the coaching staff.’ Then, in the next match, dear parents, it doesn’t matter if one wins or loses. What we want to see is progress in this regard ‘. They will have more fun and we will take away the importance of victory for parents. It should have watched the match a bit like when the kids had a music show at school, they wanted to see what they learned and they had the pleasure of doing it, ”added Thibault, catching the attention of the ‘audience.

Summary of some interesting points

In the image of the LNH checkout, this is not an exact science, but here is an account of some interesting points raised by the panelists.

Georges Larivière (retired professor at the University of Montréal) at one of the foremen in sports research in Quebec

-Chaque sports organization should have pilot projects to test possibilities and collect data.

Dany Dubé (hockey analyst)

-Everyone fights for the best athletes, we cannibalize between sports. Like interventions in a sports environment, we do not help young people to practice the sport. Put them quickly before a decision.

-He had to take the statistics and rankings to rather cultivate pleasure.

-40% of players scored in 1re round, so 13 out of 32, have a chance to play 100 matches or more in the LNH. At the other end of the spectrum, some players invited to LNH camps will end up having a career equivalent to those recorded in 1re round. However, they did not meet the LNH criteria at all. The only reason that explains their presence is that they are acharnés. It is necessary to respect the slow development to keep the enthusiasts especially since there will be several midfielders.

Simon Grondin (professor at Laval University).

-So if that wasn’t enough, there are psychological mechanisms that make it seem that when some are like the best, they are always going to act so that they remain the best. It is unlikely that a player rated as less good, can become better.

-In view of their resilience, the Remparts allow us to assist in meetings with hopes. During the interview, scenes are stopped on the screen and the player must do the rest of the action. It also uses an instrument to read eye movement since studies show a link between eye movement and expertise and domain.

-The first pick took place in 2019. A return was made on this work to see, according to our parameters, who had been the missing players in 2019. According to our indices, we would have been able to choose correctly 15 of ces patineurs sur 20. So it may already be a way to help recruitment. (Note that the Maple Leafs of Toronto used a similar procedure to the Combine in Buffalo this year).

-There are players who have never had their chance in the LNH, but who become professionals in Europe and they eventually come to play in the LNH. In short, we must not give up too quickly, development in the very long run escapes us.

The panel was été réuni by Jean Lemoyne, professor at l’UQTR and director of the relevant Laboratoire de recherche in hockey at l’UQTR. Catherine Amiot (professor at UQAM) was also part of the panelists, in particular she covered one of her studies which focused on the impact on young people of pleasure and the sporting spirit demonstrated by parents.

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