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Melichar is relishing new coaching role
WILDCATS defenceman Jan Melichar has explained the nature of his role in Swindon as he looks to help nurture the next generation of talented British ice hockey players.
The 35-year-old has been handed the role of full-time assistant coach with the Link Centre-based Okanagan Hockey Academy, while he will also be available to Wildcats as injury cover.
Melichar helped out with coaching Okanagan’s youngsters in the last campaign and is relishing the chance to assist head coach Pete Russell full-time in 2013/14.
“I’ll be mostly coaching this season and it’s something I’m really looking forward to,” said Melichar.
“After last season I was asked to become full-time to help Pete with the academy and I’m responsible for the under 18s and the ENL team now.
“Last year was my first year helping out with the academy and I really enjoyed it. It’s something I’ve looked into and it’s where I see my future.
“You get a different buzz from seeing the kids improve and seeing your footprint on it. It’s a very similar buzz to winning big games, so I’m very excited about taking another step in my career.
“Also I didn’t quite want to retire yet so I will still be skating with Ryan (Aldridge, Wildcats head coach) and whenever we have injuries as we always seem to have, I might be asked to play and I will do my best for Wildcats.”
The defenceman revealed that he had the opportunity to call time on his three-season stint with the Link Centre organisation over the summer, but his ties in Wiltshire convinced him to stay.
“I enjoy Swindon. After last season I had a few calls and I could have played in Germany, but I chose to stay here because I’m very settled,” said Melichar.
“I love the feel of the community, the fans and the club and I’ve been with Ryan on and off since I moved to England and I’ve always enjoyed playing alongside him.”
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