Schuler, an assistant coach for the College of Minnesota at Duluth’s girls’s hockey group, served as a visitor coach for Washington’s growth camp, which ran Monday through Friday. The chance took place by her involvement with the NHL Coaches’ Affiliation’s Feminine Coaches Improvement Program. Lindsay Artkin, the president of the NHLCA, advisable Schuler to the Capitals.
With none earlier ties to the group, Schuler progressed by an interview course of that led to an invite. She spent the week studying from Coach Peter Laviolette and his employees.
“It’s been unbelievable to be in a room and speaking amongst so many superb hockey minds,” Schuler stated. “We’ve simply been sharing drills, sharing information, and it’s been a lot enjoyable. So I really feel proper at residence.”
Though Schuler is a brand new face across the Capitals’ group, she has loads of growth camp expertise. She labored for a decade with Hockey Canada, particularly with its growth program and under-18 group. A lot of that information translated to Washington, the place she labored with the 35 athletes attending the Capitals’ growth camp.
Requested whether or not she gave the teaching employees recommendations, Schuler laughed. “No, I don’t give them recommendations. I allow them to know what we do and the way it’s very related,” she stated. “To me, hockey’s hockey, and studying the main points is what’s so crucial as a coach, and people guys are so good at it.”
Capitals Common Supervisor Brian MacLellan stated he was glad Schuler was capable of be taught from Laviolette and acquire expertise working with the Capitals teaching employees.
“It’s nice for her to be round our teaching employees to see how they plan the schedule, simply to see how they function,” MacLellan stated.
The proprietor of an intensive teaching resume, Schuler is coming into the second yr of her second stint as an assistant coach at Minnesota Duluth. Her first time on the Bulldogs’ employees was a seven-year tenure highlighted by a nationwide championship in 2010. She has additionally served as the top coach at Massachusetts Boston, Northeastern and Dartmouth.
Schuler performed faculty hockey at Northeastern and went on to play for Canada’s nationwide group. She was a member of the 1998 Canadian group that gained silver on the Olympics and was on groups that gained gold medals on the world championships in 1990, 1992 and 1997.
Schuler later coached the Canadian girls’s hockey group on the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, the place it gained silver after falling to the US within the ultimate.
One member of that group, Rebecca Johnston, labored as a visitor coach with the Calgary Flames this week. She stated she noticed the information that Schuler could be a visitor coach with the Capitals on social media, and he or she seems ahead to buying and selling tales from growth camp along with her former coach.
Johnston can be heartened by the optimistic strides for girls in each males’s and ladies’s hockey, each in teaching roles and entrance workplace positions.
“I feel it’s actually vital to open these doorways as a result of I do know that there’s numerous proficient feminine hockey gamers on the market with nice hockey minds [who] know the sport so effectively and may train it so effectively,” Johnston stated.
The Capitals employed a girl, Emily Engel-Natzke, as their video coordinator last month. Engel-Natzke beforehand was video coach for the Hershey Bears, Washington’s American Hockey League affiliate. When she discovered Schuler could be becoming a member of Washington as a visitor coach for growth camp, Engel-Natzke reached out instantly to precise her pleasure and provide assist.
“I feel it’s lengthy overdue,” Engel-Natzke stated of the latest shift towards extra feminine illustration in hockey. “In case you simply even have a look at Laura’s teaching historical past, she ought to have had this chance years in the past.”
Schuler stated she was grateful to be in Washington and hoped her presence at growth camp strengthened that there’s a place for girls teaching hockey.
“I really feel like hockey is among the biggest studying laboratories there are on this planet for studying life abilities and life classes, and I feel that so long as you place your thoughts to it, you are able to do no matter it’s that you simply wish to do,” she stated. “And hopefully we’ll see girls may have the selection, the selection of whether or not or not they wish to coach males or girls, and it’ll develop into a norm.”