Development Program (Oshawa Minor Hockey)

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The Oshawa Minor Hockey Association development program is designed to provide players and coaches with the best possible hockey experiences. 

The development program’s objectives are:    

  • To provide a defined curriculum that connects each age group & level with the successive ones

  • To ensure coaches learn and apply appropriate teaching techniques to various age groups

  • To establish a long term goal of higher level competitive teams achieving greater  successes

  • To continue with and build on an active mentorship and support program for coaches     

This unique program, among the first of its kind in Canada, is based on the principles of Hockey Canada’s Long Term Player Development model and skills/tactics outlines. It will take a player-centered approach using multiple focal points:

  1. Practice templates specific to an age group and season segment

  2. Season segment plans containing extensive skills and tactics inventories

  3. Monitoring when required base skills and tactics in an age group are taught and  reviewed

  4. Continuing coach education through in-house seminars

  5. Mandatory regular use of small area games (SAGs) and low organization games (LOGs) geared towards specific team/level needs

  6. Access to an extensive list of skills & tactics drill videos as well as content from dozens of coaching seminars and presentations

  7. Active coach mentorship

Our mentors

Richard Bercuson

Jim Jennings

Grant Johnston

Greg Latin

Shawn McGuire
Steve Millar

Ron Milne

Tony Stabile


Richard Bercuson is Oshawa’s Minor’s Technical Director and creator of the development program. For over 40 years in Montreal then Ottawa, he’s coached competitive and elite minor hockey teams as well as junior A, B, and C, winning a number of championships. He had a guest coach stint with the national team in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence and was with Team Ontario at the World U17 tournament. He coached senior hockey in the Hardy Cup and was an assistant at Concordia University when the school was second in the nation. He was also the head coach of a club in Paris, France, and conducted a pre-season program for another club. He has coached or mentored coaches at seven All Ontario bantam and midget AAA championships, winning four silver and two bronze medals. He holds Hockey Canada High Performance 1 and 2 coaching certification.

A former Director of Coaching for Hockey Eastern Ontario’s (HEO), Richard created and oversaw mentorship programs in Montreal, HEO and organizations in that branch. He’s a Hockey Canada/OHF/OMHA instructor in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and has worked on Hockey Canada committees such as the specialty clinic modules; was co-author of the Initiation Program manuals; was a player evaluator and conducted practice sessions for the branch U17 program; and wrote an offensive team play module for Hockey Canada’s Play Right program. He’s also chaired and been a presenter at High Performance seminars in Ottawa and Toronto and is a field evaluator for the OMHA and OHF Development 1 and HP1 programs.

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