Where Are They Now? From Player to Coach: How Former Dog Myles Doan is Giving Back to the Hockey Community
Myles Doan played two seasons for the Niagara IceDogs, accumulating 17 goals and 43 points in 135 regular season games. He was a key cog during the IceDogs deep playoff runs in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 OHL seasons. Myles is currently the coach of a Bantam AAA team and spends his summers as a private skills coach helping aspiring young hockey players reach their dreams.
Birthdate: May 18, 1992
Birthplace: Windsor, ON
Weight: 188 lbs
Throughout this summer we will be producing a weekly story featuring a former IceDog player and looking at what he has accomplished since graduating from the team.
This week’s story is on former Niagara IceDogs Center Myles Doan.
What are you up to these days?
I graduated in April from the University of Windsor with a degree in Human Kinetics. Currently, I am coaching Bantam AAA. I really enjoy coaching. It keeps me connected with hockey and also gives me the opportunity to give back. Last year I was the assistant coach with the team and this year I was promoted to head coach. It’s very fun and exciting being a coach, and it’s gratifying to be able to shape young hockey players the way my coaches shaped me during my playing career. Now I have the ability to take those lessons and memories that I experienced, both positive and negative and give back, and teach kids how to be better players on the ice and people off of it. Personally, I am enjoying making a contribution to the game, even now that I have graduated from my playing career. I just want to stay involved in the game and enjoy the head coaching experience and go from there.
Could you talk about your experience with the IceDogs?
Being an IceDog was the most enjoyable hockey experience of my life. I believe that our success was attributable to coming to the rink everyday and enjoying each others company. The bonds we developed as teammates really elevated our individual games as we wanted to succeed and work for our teammates. You want to come to the rink and be a part of the team and contribute. Also, the community really supported us. Credit the fans, it wasn’t really a big market team when I was playing, but they rallied around us and wanted to see us do well. I think having that support behind us went hand in hand with our success. To this day, I still enjoy going to an IceDogs game every year and being a part of that atmosphere. It’s what makes the IceDogs such a special organization to play for and be a part of.
You went to the University of Windsor. What was that experience like playing for Windsor and studying?
Unfortunately, I suffered a bunch of injuries during my career at Windsor. It was a struggle to experience that feeling of being on the sidelines and wanting to play and help your teammates but not being able to. Also, it was a struggle balancing academics with hockey. Coming from junior hockey, where the focus is primarily on hockey to then doing a university degree where all of a sudden the expectations are higher academically was a challenge. It was definitely a lot of responsibility, but it was an interesting experience academically. I studied movement science at Windsor. The first two years were very broad. The sport psychology aspect of it really interested me including studying group dynamics, imagery and performance. I think as an athlete, whatever level you are playing at, you can relate to that sport psychological element of performance. If you are struggling and you start to lose confidence that’s reflected in your performance and the way you think about yourself as an athlete and person. Whereas if you are playing well and scoring goals you start to visualize success and it becomes easier to feel confident and have that self-belief.
How has being an IceDog influenced your life?
Being an IceDog was the most enjoyable hockey experience of my life. It left me on a good note with hockey and reminded me why I played the game, because it was so enjoyable for those two years. Getting to play in that team atmosphere and be a part of that locker room was very special and something I hold dear to me. I also can apply the things I learned from playing high level hockey with me as I pursue coaching.
Who is the funniest hockey teammate you played with? Why?
David Pacan and Mitch Bennett. Ryan Strome and Mitch Theoret. Theo, Stromer and I were really close we got along well. Pacan and I ripped on each other and it was definitely a brotherly relationship.
What is your favourite sport outside of hockey? Why?
Lacrosse. I played it growing up and now coming from a coach’s perspective it shares a lot of similarities with hockey. The physicality of lacrosse and the transferable skills aids in a hockey players development year round.
Is there anything else you want to share with us?
I plan on continuing with the coaching and doing skill development and power skating. Things are wide open right now, having just graduated. I do skill coaching too and in the summer I do private sessions with players helping them to develop their skill sets. Helping kids develop their skills and hopefully reach their goals is a gratifying experience for me as a coach and it allows me to stay involved with the game that I love.
Go Dogs Go!