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Episode 4

Episode Four: Dan Lacroix

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We have Dan Lacroix joining us today. 

Dan is currently the head coach of the Moncton Wildcats in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He played in the NHL for the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders. 

Besides Moncton, Dan has also coached for 11 years in the NHL for the NY Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens. We had a great conversation on this episode where we dove into what he discovered about becoming a professional player in the game. We got into how he evolved as a coach, how he connects with his players, how he coached and parented his own kid, his thoughts on how to handle parents for our youth coaches, what the schedule feels like to be a coach today, and the non-negotiable skills you must possess if you want to coach in the NHL one day. We discussed some great nuggets he learned from Roger himself, and what is one common trait he’s noticed about some of the best coaches in the game.

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