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Wpg. Free Press: Coach to coach, heart to heart

Face-to-face chat worked wonders for bench bosses of Bisons and Jets

April 24, 2018 — 

As the Winnipeg Free Press reports

Jon Rempel remembers the conversation like it was yesterday. After all, it’s not every day you get to sit down face-to-face with one of the more established peers in your industry.

But Rempel always figured he took far more away from that day about two years ago than the man on the other side of the table. That is why Rempel, the head coach of the national champion University of Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team, was flattered earlier this week to hear Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice give him an unexpected shout-out.

Maurice was talking to reporters about the importance of good chemistry within your locker room and motivating players to find success. And he harkened back to that chat with Rempel in describing how he came to realize it’s a “critical piece” of building a winning atmosphere.

“Pretty humbled that he threw that out,” Rempel told the Free Press on Friday. “I think coaching is coaching, but I really feel sometimes I’m not sure what I have to offer. I guess when something like that comes out I’m a little surprised by it.”

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