Dan Muse the head coach of the U.S. National Team Development Program’s under-17 squad, is the guest on the latest episode of the RinkWise podcast.
Muse played at Canton High and Stonehill College before embarking on a coaching career that has taken him through the highest ranks of junior, college and professional hockey. A member of Keith Allain’s staff at Yale, Muse was part of the Bulldogs’ 2013 national championship. Earlier that winter, he won a World Junior Championship gold medal with Team USA as the video coach. He has also won a championship with the USHL’s Chicago Steel as head coach in 2017. He spent three years as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators before joining the U.S. NTDP in Plymouth, Mich. in 2020.
On creating versatility in hockey players:
Even within the practice setting, I think it’s always like, try to, you know, put them in situations where they’ve got to kind of solve the puzzle a little bit on their own. And as long as there’s a purpose to it, they’ve got to make some, they’ve got to read and they’ve got to think about time and space, and they have to have spatial and situational awareness, and they’ve got to be in positions that maybe they haven’t been before, but they’re that’s good for them. I think that’s good for them as players, and it’s good. You should be, you know, I think especially in the way you train in the way you practice, like if these guys are comfortable all the time and things are easy, then I don’t know if we’re putting them in the right environment.