Dicaire admits that as former player he will most likely miss being on ice during games, but says he felt comfortable running his first practice and is happy to now be behind the bench.
“Once the games start I’ll be standing behind the bench. I’ll probably miss it a little bit but I actually enjoyed myself out there,” he states. “It’s nice not having to play and hold yourself accountable for what you’re putting them through.”
On the first day all the new coach wanted to see were players taking part as he kept things pretty simple during the initial session.
“I was hoping to see numbers and lots of guys coming out. We ended up having 19 guys so it was perfect,” Dicaire says. “We could run a fairly skating practice. It was lots of long shooting drills. It was good; I was happy with what I saw. Guys are tired but we’ve only got three practices before we play exhibition and we’ve got to lock in some systems here in the next two.”
The aforementioned systems that Dicaire hopes to implement involve going back to the fundamentals by starting with the blue line and going forward.
“Simple. Like I told the guys on the ice we’re going to start in the D-zone. We’re going to go back to basics; we’re going to learn to play there first, work our way to the neutral zone and be creative in the offensive zone,” he explains. “We’ll take these two exhibition games and see how we’re doing with them. Three skates isn’t much to implement a system right off the bat so we’ll see how those two games go and then reassess it from there before the regular season starts.”
The Flyers have typically fielded very competitive teams throughout the years and as such, Dicaire isn’t shy about what his goal is from the upcoming North Peace Hockey League season.
“My goal for the season is to win the league we’re playing in: the NPHL,” he says without hesitation. “That’s why I took on this job and hopefully the boys follow suit.”
The Flyers’ next two practice sessions are scheduled for Friday and next Wednesday at 8:15 p.m., before they take on the Fort Nelson Yeti at 8:30 p.m. next Friday and Saturday at the North Peace Arena.