Why did the Soo Greyhounds risk putting their faith in so many young talented individuals in both hockey and business operations?
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In 2011, the directors of the Soo Greyhounds knew that hockey was entering a new phase of development, especially in the OHL. For the most part, it was the big market teams that were more successful and the challenge for smaller market teams was to compete with these teams. Besides the various changes occurring on the ice, there was the whole new world of communication with our fans and our young players. We needed people who understood the challenge and could succeed communicate in this new world. The change began to occur with controversial moves by the directors: first, in hiring a general manager who was just 25 years of age and no experience in the position; and second a head coach that had to buy a team to prove his ability However, Kyle Dubas, as general manager, was intelligent, hardworking, dedicated, fearless and had a plan.
Shortly after Kyle Dubas became the general manager of the Soo Greyhounds in the spring of 2011, we set out to formalize and highlight the program, which would allow the Greyhounds to become the best major junior hockey organization in the world. We were striving to be much more than a hockey team by putting staff in place with character and integrity who would be empowered to develop people, not just players. We wanted to find players with character and integrity, passion, skill, and hockey sense. Our goal was to be the best in academics, strength and conditioning training, community involvement, character development, and hockey development. Our general manager, Kyle Raftis, has continued to tweak the program for best results. The Greyhounds were always these things, but it was important to formalize and highlight them so that everyone involved would keep these goals front and center in their minds.
Dubas reminded us that rather than taking our core values for granted, it was important to put our mission statement forward for all to see. Therefore, he told anybody that would listen that the Greyhounds’ mission is to maximize the development of each young man who enters the program in four areas:
Next week, part two of the answer to the following question: Why did the Soo Greyhounds risk putting their faith in so many young talented individuals in both hockey and business operations?