Mentor 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

Mentor Teams
Richard Bercuson Lead Mentor. AAA (MP,P,MB,B)
Phil Brown Minor Atom
Glen Fordy Minor Peewee, Peewee
Greg Latin Atom
Steve Millar Tyke, Novice

Richard Bercuson is Oshawa’s Minor’s Lead Mentor 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.

For most of 30 years, he was Hockey Eastern Ontario’s (HEO) Director of Coaching, creating and directing mentorship programs in Montreal, HEO and various organizations in that branch such as the Gloucester Rangers and Ottawa Jr 67’s AAA. He’s taught and trained instructors in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) clinics since the 1980s; 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 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. With commendations from HEO and Hockey Canada and a three-time coach-of-the-year winner, he’s the only person in HEO to win its development award more than once. His original Montreal association named him to their gold circle of honourees, one of eight to be so honoured. Richard has also owned or run summer hockey camps in Montreal, Ottawa, and the U.S.

He is a retired high school/adult education teacher and department head in phys. ed. and English. He’s authored two non-fiction books, Inside Coaching Hockey and Assume the Position: One guy’s journey through prostate cancer, as well as award-winning short stories and plays. A former Ottawa Citizen columnist, he’s written for the Montreal Gazette, The Hockey News, and various magazines. Currently, he writes an online coaching column “Deflections” for Hockey Now ( and is a “cheeky” health columnist for Bounder, an Ottawa-based magazine. He co-hosts TSN Ottawa’s weekly radio show “Grassroots: the minor hockey show” which airs from August to March. He’s also the editor of the Brooklin Town Crier in Brooklin where he and his wife moved to last June.

Phil Brown grew up playing in Cornwall and went on to play junior A for Brockville then NCAA at Northern Michigan. He taught at Huron Hockey School for a number of years, focusing on skating mechanics with video analysis. He was the head coach of Charlan Junior B and was an assistant with what was then the Massena Americans Junior A club (now Cornwall Colts). He’s also coached in the Oshawa Minor system and has been a mentor in the program.

A Development 2 certified coach, Phil is the manager of the Kedron Dells Golf Club.

Glen Fordy was born in Sudbury but moved to Oshawa in high school. An Oshawa minor hockey graduate as a player, he has also coached in the program with his teams meeting considerable success. His track record includes a Lakeshore title in minor bantam, an undefeated season in pee wee that led to being an OMHA finalist and a coach-of-the-year honour.

Glen has a bias for a structured systems approach with a view to mentoring success based on strong relationships, effective practice planning and leadership. He is certified at Development 1and is looking forward to Oshawa’s mentor program and creating a climate of working together.

He works at the Oshawa Assembly Plant as an Industrial Engineering Manager.

Greg Latin has coached competitive hockey in the area for nearly 15 years at the AAA and AA levels with most age groups. Certified at Development 2, he’s also been involved with the OHF’s U16 Program of Excellence teams.

His son played for the OHL’s Oshawa Generals and this past season the OJHL’s Whitby Fury.

Greg is a captain in the Oshawa firefighting service.

Steve Millar’s 30-plus years in the game includes coaching just about every age group on the boys side as well as some stints on the girls side. He’s also served minor hockey as a convenor, lead instructor, skate school instructor, and association vice chair.

He was Oshawa’s NASC league head instructor for the super six program whole coaching many of the organization’s teams. He’s coached competitive teams in Clarington.

Steve has participated in numerous OMHA specialty clinics such as small area games and skating instruction along with game day clinics with the Oshawa Generals. For ten years, he worked with Hockey Canada as an off ice instructor at their special day camps.

When not in a rink (rare!), Steve is a sheet metal mechanic and private contractor.

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