Replay: Coaching the coaches

On May 14th, Our Game chatted in a live forum with three-time gold medal winning national junior coach Craig Hartsburg along with the former women's national u-22 coach Lisa Jordan and the head of coaching for Hockey Canada.

On May 14th, Our Game chatted with former Ottawa Senators and three-time gold medal winning national junior team coach Craig Hartsburg and other experts

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Crazed parents. Political nightmares. Pressure from parents, pressure from sponsors, pressure all-round.

Anyone who's ever coached in minor hockey knows it. Coaching isn't easy. In fact, it's far from it.

The challenges- both on the ice and off- are endless.

Our Game, along with Craig Hartsburg, who coached Canada's junior team to three world championship titles and spent 14 years behind the bench in the NHL, tackled the issue on May 14th in a live, online discussion.

Hockey fans asked questions to women's hockey coach Lisa Jordan, a two-time Canadian Interuniversity Sport coach of the year and former head coach of the national u-22 team.

Coaches got advice from Derek Descoteau, head of coaching for Hockey Canada. They also asked Hartsburg, who coached in the Ontario Hockey League and has coached kids as young as six, how he would handle your most pressing concerns.

How should a coach handle a verbally abusive parent?

Should female players be treated differently than boys?

What if the assistant coach's son isn't good enough to make the team?

Click below for a recap of  Our Game's 'Minor Hockey Talk': Coaching the Coaches.

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