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Polyblank comes to the hockey club with a ton of experience and a willingness to put time and effort into making the Cubs of the Great North Midget League a successful entity for all involved.
He says he was asked by the Cub organization to fill the position and he gladly accepted. " I did not apply for the position. I was offered the position after the executive decided to go in a different direction," I have always loved the game and after I stopped playing I started coaching to stay involved in the game."
He feels his alignment with the club will be a good fit for him and the players. Overtime I have learned to be more patient and with the experience I have learned to better to better the players."
His coaching philosophy involves a trio of aspects--discipline, pride and accountability. "I believe that we have to put pride into playing for the Cubs. The way we behave on and off the ice and to always remember that the name on the front is way more important than the name on the back of the sweater,"
He says being a smaller center has callenges when competing against larger cities like Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie or North Bay because the depth and range of player selection is much more limited.
However, he feels hard work and a no-quit attitude can result in success. "I think that we have to outwork teams and play well defensively. You start believing you can win, play hard as a team and the rest should fall into place.
Article as previously published in the Temiskaming Speaker May 10, 2017.
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