Teaching The Element of Fun | Sean Fitz-Gerald

Jan 13, 06:00 PM
Sean Fitz-Gerald is the senior national writer for The Athletic, Toronto. He is the author of Before The Lights Go Out: A Season Inside A Game On The Brink, a poignant insight into Canadian Hockey. The book highlights Fitz-Gerald’s season with the Peterborough Petes, providing his own experience of the conflicting perspectives and motivations that affect hockey in Canada.

As a sports journalist, Fitz-Gerald has written for the National Post, Canadian Press and the Toronto Star. He was named Canadian sportswriter of year by Sports Media Canada in 2015.

Table of Contents:
 
0:00 – Intro
 2:30 – Growing up
 3:35 – Working in journalism
 5:05 – Top 3 characteristics of great coaches
 6:50 – Life-long learning
 9:20 - Athletics Canada
 11:00 – Writing Before the Lights Go Out
 13:10 – Top 3 Issues facing hockey in Canada
 18:15 – The element of fun
 22:40 – Early-window sports
 27:05 – Hockey and Canadian identity
 29:10 – Balancing structure and free play
 35:30 – Secrets of Swedish Hockey
 37:15 – Teaching youth to love the game
 39:40 – Community of hockey
 44:00 – Pay to play model
 46:40 – Deep dive; Advice to parents
 52:45 – Book recommendations