The Michigan State hockey program had its first day that coaches were allowed on the ice last Tuesday, as they were allowed to join their players to start preparation for the 2009-10 season.
From Sept. 15-Oct. 2, coaches can be on the ice with their teams for up to two hours per week.
The first "official" day of practice for teams around the country is Saturday, Oct. 3. MSU will practice that day, run its Green & White scrimmage the next day, then have an exhibition contest against Western Ontario on Oct. 5. MSU's regular-season schedule begins Oct. 9-10 at Munn Ice Arena against Clarkson.
"With a young team, these hours we can spend with them are really helpful," noted Spartans head coach Rick Comley. "Sure, we'd love to be able to do more, but we trust that our players are out here enough and will apply what they learn in our short sessions to what they're doing at captain's practices. We'll be ready to go full-steam ahead on Oct. 3 for sure."
The two hours are dedicated to installing systems and drill work - the players then have captain's practices that allow them to get a feel for one another on the ice and scrimmage without the coaches there to direct drills.
Comley photo courtesy Michigan State Athletics