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.” 
When asked about his coaching philosophies, he responded by saying that he believes in creating a challenging yet fun environment for the children. It’s a child’s game, it has to be fun, you cannot forget that.  Although he is a competitive individual, he never loses sight of the fact that as a coach it is about the player’s development and not the coach’s winning percentage, that truly matter most.
Coach Jonathan also knows as “Dad” to Liam, Conor and Lara, enjoys spending time with his kids and wife. Liam his oldest plays Peewee, his middle child Conor is in Atom and his youngest, Lara has just started playing ringette. He’s always believed in giving back to his community and profession. That’s why he’s been a volunteer coach with numerous minor sports organizations since 2011 as well as the President of the New Brunswick College of Pharmacists. 
In Jonathan’s own words: “Life is never dull in our house!”.
A Big thanks to Jonathan for the opportunity to ask him a few questions and share them with all of you, if you would like to take part in our Behind The Bench series, please reach out to our team. We are also on the lookout for Little Leaders, especially in February since we have our East Coast Ice Little Leader Scholarship contest taking place until March 1st. The winner of this contest will receive a free East Coast Ice 2019 spring hockey registration or a regular Andrews Hockey Camp of their choice!
For more information on the guidelines to win, visit our blog article: Apply for the 2019 East Coast Ice Little Leader Scholarship.