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Rick Traugott

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Rick Traugott

Rick Traugott is a lifelong coach who has been working with young athletes in many sports for the past 38 years. Since the 2010-11 season, Coach Traugott has been working with Canada's National Women's Team hockey program serving in a number of roles including camp coach with the U18 and development teams, and Video Coach with the U18, Development and National Women's Teams. Rick was a member of the staff that won a gold medal with the U18 team at the IIHF World Championship in Budapest, Hungary in 2014 and a silver medal with the NWT at Worlds in Malmo, Sweden in 2015 and bronze with the U18 team in 2018 in Dmitrov, Russia. Coach Traugott's resumé includes coaching the Varsity boys and girls programs at Trinity College School, Ryerson University men's team, Wexford Raiders Tier 2 Junior A, Wexford Raiders Minor Bantam and Midget AAA, as well as the Brampton Thunder of the CWHL. He also served as Video Coach and Team Leader for the uSports Women's Team that competed at the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan where the team won a silver medal. This season, Coach Traugott is back behind the bench with the Trinity College School Bigside boys' team as they move back to the top division in the CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association).

The Coaching Pyramid (Part 6)

I’ve said this many times this year that in 31 years of coaching hockey, this season was the most extraordinary...

The Coaching Pyramid (Part 5)

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The Coaching Pyramid (Part 4)

Just before the first season that I coached hockey after finishing playing, the head coach I was going to work...

The Coaching Pyramid (Part 3)

It’s really great to connect with other coaches in the summer. We are so busy during the season that often...
The coaching pyramid part 2

The Coaching Pyramid (Part 2)

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The hockey coaching pyramid

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Pressure and finding your (wo)man

When we begin talking about defensive play, I will ask my player if they have ever played Monkey in the...

Developing Versatile Hockey Players

I watched a team yesterday run a great, simple drill in their practice. Two players started in the endzone faceoff...

6 Things Hockey Players Should Really Be Doing in the Summer

I have read a lot of articles from many sectors of the hockey community about what players should be doing...

Making Time for Homework

I am presenting at the OFSAA Coaching Symposium next month. Speaking to high school coaches, here is the brief description...

How to Choose the Right School for You

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9 “Little Things” that Win Hockey Games

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A Cure for “Bus Legs”: 3 Things You Must Do

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