Sunday, December 22, 2013
Krauser Moves Forward:
RBC CUP 2014 The Excitement Returns!
A publication of the Vernon RBC Cup Host Committee
November 22, 2013 Volume 2, I ssue 5
Krauser Moves Forward
Kevin Kraus (a.k.a. "Krauser") knows a thing or two about winning, as a major contributor to the 2009 and 2010 Viper RBC Cup wins.
According to Troy Mick, that experience was a real factor in hiring the 24-year-old as an assistant coach with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
Kevin's role as the Head Coach and GM of last year's Revelstoke Grizzlies also has prepared Kevin for a coaching career at higher levels. He says that he learned a lot last year. "I had to," he says with a chuckle, "because they had me doing everything!"
He has identified a key component of being a successful coach these days – "The most important part of coaching, and the hardest, and the most rewarding, is your relationship with the players. Everybody's different, so you really have to keep that in mind."
Another thing that Kevin emphasizes is the passion for the game and the will to win. "In 09 and 10 we had that; everybody had it. There's nothing like sharing an experience like that with a bunch of guys who want to win as bad as you do and I want to have that experience again, but as a coach."
Now, he's part of Salmon Arm's revival, but he says "It feels a little strange coming into Kal Tire Place from the Silverback bus. Still, coaching hockey is my career now and I'm focused on helping the Silverbacks win."