Where did hockey sensei come from?

My over 30 years of involvement with ice hockey has been nothing if not an adventure. For two years I had the opportunity to be the head coach of a professional hockey team in Asia, the Nippon Paper Cranes, in Kushiro Japan. They are a member of the Japan Ice Hockey League, made up of six pro teams, three on the noth island of Hokkaido, two in the Tokyo area, and one in the beautiful shrine and temple filled city of Nikko.

‘Sensei’ was the title given to people who were considered experts in their field, usually doctors and teachers in different disciplines. An example was our medical trainer. All the staff and players with the team always called him ‘sensei’. He did a lot of the same things north american medical trainers do; preventive training, treatment of injuries, caring for the daily medical and physical needs of the players. Sensei was also proficient in massage techniques and acupuncture.

The hope with www.hockeysensei.com is to share experiences from over 30 years living, breathing, but mostly enjoying the adventure that hockey has been for me.

We will present experiences from all the levels I have played and coached at from minor hockey, major junior, AHL, European and Asian hockey, the ECHL and the NHL. There will be lots of opportunity to get tips and to share information.

Also, there will be ebooks and other products available as we build www.hockeysensei.com.

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