A few local minor hockey teams had a special guest visit their practices this month.
Generals Head Coach Sean Robertson helped run practice for the Lacombe Rockets Atom 1 and Atom 2 teams.
Robertson says it's important for both him, and the Generals to give back to the community that is supporting them.
"It's something I think we have to do a lot of, to be thankful to Lacombe for welcoming us the way they have. Minor hockey is the grassroots of where we started. All of us in this room played minor hockey at one point, so to have people that have played the game their whole lives come out and lend a little advice or help out, I don't think it's too much to ask."
Not only did the players learn a lot from having Robertson on the ice, but so did the coaches.
"Just in terms of my experiences, and what I've seen and done over my career in hockey, and things that I've been taught and told. Not everybody has access to that information so just relaying those messages is the eassiest thing I can do to help."
Robertson also has a few tips for any young coaches out there helping minor hockey teams.
"If you're patient with things, you're going to get better results than if you're trying to push the envelope. The one thing you can't do, is make kids and people want to be on the ice. They either want to be on the ice or they don't, so you have to make it fun for them while they're out there. If things aren't going their way, you may have to find another way to communicate with them."
The Generals continue their push for first place when they welcome the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs to the Gary Moe Autogroup Sportsplex tomorrow night.
Puck drop is at 8 o'clock.