Copyright by Juhani Wahlsten & Tom Molloy
The ABCs of IInternatiionall Hockey THE AUTHORS
Developing individual skills and using them in game situations; better use of the ice; combining the best of European and North American hockey strategies and training, Juhani Wahlsten and Tom Molloy have created a teaching and learning system to make practices both productive and fun.
A hockey coach and educator, Wahlsten played for the Finnish National Team for eleven years, participating in three Olympic Games and five World Championships. Captain of the team for many years, he was named to the Finnish Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. In charge of International Coaching Development for the Finnish Ice Hockey Association, Wahlsten has had a successful coaching career at the professional level in Finland, Germany and Switzerland, and at the international level with the Finnish Under-20 National Team. He was the first European coach to be offered a coaching position in the NHL, by Scotty Bowman, then of the Buffalo Sabres. Wahlsten`s vision for international sports co-operation and communication has resulted in his involvement in international exchanges, symposiums and the production of books and video material.
Co-author Tom Molloy, also a hockey coach and educator, played in the United States Hockey League before returning to Calgary to teach and coach. He is certified at the Advanced Level 1 and has instructed up to, the intermediate level for the CHA. Molloy has coached hockey at almost all levels, including assistant coach at the University of Calgary. As a guest coach or head instructor, he has used this teaching system with great success in Canada, Korea, Norway, United States, Finland and Austria. The system has also been introduced in France and Turkey. He has also participated in numerous international presentations with Juhani Wahlsten and VladimirYursinov, the l998 Silver Medal Russian Olympic coach.
Learn by doing and Enjoy the Game, these principles are key to the ABCs of International Ice Hockey. The practices inspired by these teaching principles will help to develop skilled players, great teamwork, creative and exciting hockey.
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