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Assistant Coach, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

By June 26, 2020August 21st, 2021No Comments

Assistant Coach with WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings since 2018. Former Head Coach with WHL’s Kootenay ICE and BCHL’s Merritt Centennials. Won a Silver Medal as Assistant Coach with Canada’s Para Ice Hockey team in the 2018 Pyeonchang Paralympics. Graduate of Canada’s Royal Military College with an MBA and a BA in Psychology.  Outside of coaching Luke serves as the Vice President/Chairman of the Board for Hockey Gives Blood and most importantly is a parent to 3 boys along with his lovely wife Amy.

0:30 – Intro

2:00 – How Luke got to this stage of his career – “founder’s adventure”; naivete of growing up in a small town; attended Royal Military College; always knew coaching was something he always wanted to do; kept coming back to relationships

6:06 – Olympic experience was life-changing, kept him in coaching; praise for paralympic athletes

9:50 – Role of adversity in elite-level performance; preparing them for the path, not preparing the path for them (athletes, kids, parents, etc.); setting (or resetting) priorities in times of crisis; failure and success are simply results

15:30 – Needed to own the failures – transform who you are; success through adversity

19:10 – “My gold medal was the day I met those guys”

20:00 – Finding an identity outside of sport/work

22:21 – Ego thrives when we’re good at things; “What do I tell people when I’m not coaching anymore?”; biggest lesson was being a father who supports the community who coaches hockey, not the other way around

25:00 – What do you tell someone who finds themselves questioning their identity?; the shutting down of the hockey season – what the players went through; can learn lessons from young children – naturally happy; adversity will happen

29:30 – Mindset can be a separator; reframing and changing mental representation; performance is a representation of what’s going on in your life

32:30 – The “it” factor – the ethos of a team; groundedness; mental health; no vulnerability in high-performance environments; institutionalized mistrust; the value of trust in high-performance

37:30 – More on trust within high-performance environments; competence and connection; congruency accelerates trust; overpromising and underdelivering; building trust in leadership

42:00 – High-performance habits – energy, surround yourself with energy givers, vulnerability <-> empathy/courage, grit/resiliency, growth mindset

52:00 – Tried to be something he wasn’t

53:03 – With nothing holding you back, what would your ultimate contribution/legacy? The building of good citizens, contributions to worthy programs,

55:45 – Hockey Gives Blood –