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Episode Info: The Big 5-0! And who better to be my 50th guest on the #MakeYourMark podcast than Kevin Dineen, NHL star player and head coach, Canadian women’s gold medal winning coach in 2014, and the list goes on and on. I was thrilled to hear from him a few weeks ago as he had seen a couple of my how-to interview videos via the NHLCA, used my tips and strategies, and has just accepted the head coaching job with the San Diego Gulls, the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks! But will he trade in his skates for a surfboard?   “The fact is that the actual percentage of the guys who are going to make a living out of the sport is extremely low, so you find (like you say) something you’re passionate about. I’ve been incredibly lucky to make a living out of hockey. I’ve tricked some people for a long time!”   I’m a big time hockey fan, and had the chance to dig deep into the sport with Kevin. He shares great advice for up-and-coming hockey players, and tons of stories, including how he nearly punched out his brother when he was told he was drafted by the Hartford Whalers!   “Find what your strength is and don’t say ‘Ok, I know that is my strength I have to work on other areas of my game.’ If you’re a skater continue to work on your skating, if you have a great shot, you make sure that shot stays lethal.”   We could have gone on for hours, and we will over golf and dinner later this summer. But you can get a head start on it all by sharing less than an hour with us, you’ll be glad you did!   “The moment that I realized the skill was just not there, it was hard to get out of bed some mornings, it's not an easy transition, I would say the majority of players really dread when it;s time to hang up the skates and decide what's next, and like a lot of things I went through a real funk when i retired.”   "Scotty Bowman called me up out of the blue and said, 'When you retire it’s almost like you lost an appendage, the game is so much a part of you, you’ve lost your identity.' From saying ‘Oh yeah I’m a hockey player’, well, no you aren’t. So what are you? You go through that, and then you go through what I call this 2-year mourning period of ‘What’s next? Where am I going?’. Until it hits you personally, you just go about like you think you’re a big strong guy, but when you're in that funk, it’s no fun.” Some Topics we talk about in this episode:    Intro - 2:45 There’s a New Coach in Town! -  4:05   Kevin’s Story - 7:04 Always on the Go - 10:45 Academics Vs. Athletics - 14:26 Future of Sports - 16:00 Being Drafted - 21:11 The Hartford Whalers - 22:00 Claim to Fame with the Whalers - 27:05 Canadian hockey- will do absolutely anything to win - 30:28 Time to Hang up the Skates - 33:33 Not an Easy Transition - 36:00 Portland, ME - 39:00 Involved with Women's Hockey - 41:36  It was like Stepping on a Fast Moving Train - 44:12 The Coach does not get a Medal, It’s all about the Players! - 46:31 A New Chapt...
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