Wednesday, August 5, 2009

"Motorvationally Speaking": Capital Ideas

Kevin has been a migrant worker since 1991.

Each August, he packs his bags, jumps on an airplane and heads to a foreign land to teach grown men how to play a boys game. And he does his job impeccably well.

For nearly two decades, Kevin has routinely taken over sad sack outfits, turning them into contenders, winning league titles, awards and packing arenas for wealthy team owners. After spending most of his career in Germany, the last two seasons have seen him working his craft in the 10-team Austrian Hockey League as coach of the Vienna Capitals.

A voracious student of the game, Kevin makes a habit of researching common patterns of greatness found in others; everything from tribal dynamics of the Samurai to the coaching practices of Lombardi, Bowman, Torre and Walsh.

Competing inside the naturally lit Albert Schultz Eishalle, near the Danube River, represents quite a change for a New Brunswick boy who grew up playing out of Moncton's Dud James Arena before going on to an impressive college career with the University of Moncton Blue Eagles. His story is one of an otherwise ordinary Moncton guy who exhibits tremendous work ethic in continually trying to take his game - and the players who surround him - to the next level.

Today on TSB, we profile one of European hockey's top professional bench bosses, the head coach of the Vienna Capitals ... Kevin Gaudet!

"Motorvationally Speaking", on CHCD TV, is a weekly, internet-based show focused on people who embrace the power of positive thinking. The guests may not always be famous, but they are always enlightening, and each one of them has an interesting story to tell. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome as we aim to inspire, educate and motivate.

"Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate"

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