Boys 2022-2023 Hockey Season Begins: An Interview with Coach Shmuel Stern

Friday November 4th 2022

Why did you generously decide to coach the YCQ Hockey Team? 

I have been a part of the Yeshiva Hockey League for years. I have spent most of that time as a referee but have coached as well. I spent the past 2 summers in Camp Dovid doing both and while I enjoy “reffing” nothing tops the feeling of coaching the younger generation and seeing them grow and learn. Coaching at YCQ, where my children go to school, allows me to give back to the school which has been so good to my family. I can coach so many players that I know and now have the chance to pass along what I’ve learned with my amazing staff, Assistant Coaches, Judah Gomberg and Lee Gherman. 

What are your goals (pun intended) for the year? 

I think we obviously want to win. Everyone wants to win. But to me it’s more than that. I want the kids to learn how to play not only individually but as a team. I want them to have a good time, to play a great game, and to represent themselves and YCQ as proper Bnei-Torah.

Which strengths does the team already have? 

The team came in with a solid foundation. A good portion of the players were on the team last year. This showed them how a team should operate. A lot of the kids have grown up together and played together. They know how their friends and teammates think and play and I think that will give us an edge.

What are you most looking forward to this season? 

Ultimately the ability to really teach the players how to win the right way. We’ve stressed from the beginning of the year that it is important to win but only if we do it the right way. I want them to have fun, to play hard and to enjoy winning. We are looking forward to a great season.