Coach Spotlight: Ryan Schnell
Ryan Schnell brings professional experience to Delaney Hockey—he recently completed time in the AHL with the Rockford IceHogs. Athletes have the opportunity to learn from Ryan and hear first hand what it takes to be in the AHL where there is no shortage of discipline, hard work and respect. Learn about Ryan and what he brings to the table in this brief interview.
Delaney Hockey: How many years have you been skating?
Ryan Schnell: I’ve been playing hockey for about 22 years.
DH: What coaching experience do you bring to Delaney Hockey?
RS: I’ve recently been coaching in Cary, Illinois and I’m looking forward to coaching at Delaney Hockey where I’ve been for three years.
DH: What do you specialize in coaching?
RS: I played left wing, so I feel that I have an edge in that position.
DH: What advice do you have for young players starting their hockey careers and/or players who are trying to move up to the next level?
RS: I strongly recommend that players set goals for themselves and commit to reaching those goals; this reaches far beyond the game of hockey.
DH: How do you think hockey benefits a young athlete?
RS: Hockey benefits players in many ways! I think discipline, hard work, respect and learning are among the key benefits of playing hockey. It reaches far beyond the ice; the skills learned here are transferable to real life situations.
DH: What are a few things all players can do to increase their skill level?
RS: Don’t be discouraged or afraid to struggle when you play—it’s a way to learn from mistakes and grow. This will only help you become a better player.
DH: What’s a fun fact about you?
RS: I’ve always put my equipment on left-side first!
DH: If you could have dinner with a famous hockey player or coach, who would it be and why? What would you talk about? What would you eat for dinner?
RS: I would meet with Darren McCarty. I’ve been a Red Wings fan my entire life and always idolized him. I’d love to learn about his career path, the NHL and the Red Wings culture; I’d love to hear his stories. For food, we would eat tacos or sushi—my two favorite meals!
DH: What other organizations are you involved with outside of Delaney Hockey?
RS: I work in IT and real estate. It’s a contrast to what happens on the ice as a coach, but I’m thankful for all the roles I get to play.