Dicaire says the desire to get into coaching really came by accident after working with peewee players in the offseason.
“I was helping out with the peewee tryouts in town, and I don’t know, after being on the ice and helping with the tryouts, I realized maybe I’ll coach this year,” he explains. “I knew the Flyers were still looking for a coach because I talked to Paul [van Nostrand] the day before, and after the tryouts I approached him, and asked if they were still looking for a coach, and then sat down with him and Lee [Hartman] and figured it was a good fit.”
He says he wants to stress commitment to the team with this year’s roster, and hopes to have them well prepared each time they hit the ice.
“My biggest issue is going to be the commitment level of the players. When we were AAA, we always brought guys in, and you’d have five to seven guys show up to practice,” Dicaire admits. “We only practiced one day a week, so this year I’m going to hold guys to a lot higher standard of being committed to the team and showing up to practice so we can all be on the same page for when we do have our games. Ultimately our goal is to win the North Peace Hockey League.”
The appeal of tackling a new venture was one of the reasons Dicaire took the job, and he looks forward to passing on his experience to the team.
“I’m looking forward to a new challenge. I don’t have a whole pile of coaching experience, but I’ve got a wealth of knowledge from the game from when I played,” he says. “Being able to teach old dogs new tricks, I mean these guys have been playing for years, and I’ve kind of sat idly by and not pushing too many buttons, but now I’m on the different side of things, and looking forward to teaching these guys and go from there.”
Dicare doesn’t anticipate any awkwardness in the locker room in his new position, even though he was on the active roster as recently as last season, and took the time to consult a couple of fellow Flyers before taking on the gig.
“I think there’s a level of respect between all of us guys. I talked to a few of the guys before I talked to Paul, seeing what they thought about me stepping in to be the coach,” he admits. “I think guys are looking forward to it, the guys I talked to. I don’t think it’ll be that much of a step to earn their respect and do things the way I want to do them.”
The Senior Flyers, along with their new bench boss, will get the wheels moving on the season shortly as training camp for the club opens on October 9.