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Coaching Information

Welcome to the Coach's Corner!

Your resource for certification requirements, practice plans & drills, and other information that should be helpful to coaches of all levels.

All travel coaches are automatically a part of the Player Development Committee (PDC).  For information about the PDC, click here.

Meet our New Coach in Chief: Dylan Talkovic

Dylan is the head coach of the Hopkins Highschool Boys Varsity Hockey team.  As the coach in chief for HYHA, Dylan will set the vision of hockey for the association and establish our standards.  He will be responsible for both on and off ice development and the oversight and management of the Player Development Committee (PDC) alongside AJ Goff, our Director of Hockey Development; both will work closely with the Boys/Youth Travel Coordinator, Girls Travel Coordinator, and Mite Coordinator.

As Coach in Chief for HYHA, Dylan will look to:

  • Increase collaboration among HYHA Coaches and the Hockey Development Committee
    • Including  periodic all HYHA coaches meetings to share knowledge & challenges as well as learn from outside resources to further enhance coaching knowledge
  • Establish a stronger connection between the Youth Program and High School Program
  • Create comprehensive coaching resources that include overall resources as well as age-specific information
    • including skill progression documents/resources for each age group that can be posted to our site for transparency


Interested in Coaching?  See the requirements below and reach out to our Director of Hockey Development for more information


In District 3, a head coach is required to report game misconducts and match penalties within 24 hours of the game.  District 3 has set up an online reporting process which directly forwards the information to the Supervisor of Officials.  Failure to properly report a game misconduct or match penalty will result in a minimum of one game suspension for the head coach.  

Coaching Ethics Code

All USA Hockey ice hockey coaches (head and assistant) and instructors must abide by the USA Hockey Coaching Ethics Code, and understand that violations may result in full or partial forfeiture of coaching privileges in programs, at sites or events under USA Hockey’s governance.

All coaches have an obligation to be familiar with USA Hockey’s Coaching Ethics Code. Lack of awareness or misunderstanding of an ethical standard is not itself a defense to a charge of unethical conduct.