Dixon: ‘When guys feel comfortable they will perform at a higher level’

Paul Dixon has been in charge at Guildford since 2007 (PHOTO: Panthers Images)

Guilford Flames head coach Paul Dixon has discussed how the club makes a comfortable environment to try and get the best out of their players.

Dixon features on the latest British Ice Hockey podcast discussing results so far, league table and his belief in making the club as comfortable as possible.

“We joke and say it’s a 24/7 job,” Dixon said on the latest episode of the British Ice Hockey podcast.

“You’re constantly looking to improve not just on the ice, but off it too.

“We have great owners and great fans and every year we try and do something a bit different to make us better. It’s not just on the ice, it’s off the ice and the things that we do.

“It is a smaller club but the theme we try to base it on is more of a family feel and we try to make a comfortable environment not just on the ice but off it too for the players coming in.

“My belief is that if you can create that environment off the ice, guys feel comfortable and when guys comfortable they will perform at a higher level.”

Guildford Flames are quietly going about their business this season with seven wins in their last eight, including a midweek league home win over Glasgow Clan.

“For me personally, I thought we were maybe a little flat and obviously we had played three games in four nights, away to Coventry and then Cardiff back-to-back that weekend, so I think that Wednesday night took a little bit out of us,” Dixon said.

“We didn’t play with the energy that we have been playing over the last six or seven games, but you have to look at the bigger picture as well and when you play that amount of games and even the high of the weekend of beating Cardiff back to back and come in and play against a very good Glasgow team.

“They played very well on Wednesday and shut us down, they kept us to the outsides and we couldn’t get many shots inside of them. The bigger thing is we managed to find a way to win that game.”

Listen to the entire podcast here.

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