It’s time to get to know another one of our great coaches that East Coast Ice is lucky to have. This February, we are featuring none other than Eastern Attack coach Jonathan Walsh. We got a chance to ask Jonathan a few questions about his Hockey journey both as a player and a coach. We’ve also uncovered some of Jonathan’s hobbies outside of hockey. Let’s dive into it!
Jonathan, once a member of his AAA High School team, is now enjoying his time playing in recreational leagues. He’s proud to say that he attended several Andrews schools as a child. He remembers being a young aspiring hockey player attending Andrews Hockey School in Summerside in the summers while camping in Cavendish! In particular, he can recall the leadership activities. It was at Andrews that he learned more about Randy Gregg, who was playing defence for the Edmonton Oilers at that time. While Randy was a skilled hockey player he also had academic aspirations even while playing in the NHL (and winning 5 Stanley Cups). For those who don’t know, Randy eventually became a family doctor. Jonathan truly admired his ability to combine academics and athletics at a such a high level. It was thanks to Randy and Andrews Hockey that Jonathan learned the importance of goal setting or more importantly, to set back up goals (in case his NHL career never materialized). He truly believes that some of the life skills that he learned while attending Andrews hockey school helped lead him to his chosen career in pharmacy.
Coaching became very fulfilling for Jonathan and he told us why.
“I enjoy seeing the children improving both their hockey and personal skills while having fun playing the game! Being part of a team, setting goals and working together to achieve those goals are great life skills.”