Ken has coached for many years (since 1991) in the Brandon area at numerous levels and age groups. He has achieved his High Performance coaching certification and is a valuable member of the Brandon Hockey community. Some of the teams he has coached with over the years include:
- Provincial AAA Midget Wheat Kings
- Bantam AA Wheat Kings
- Bantam A Wheat Kings
- Novice boys
- Girls Bantam, Peewee and Atom
Ken made the move from boys to female hockey about five years ago when his daughters began to play and he currently coaches both Ashley (in Atom) and Brittney (in Bantam).
In addition to spending much of his time teaching the game to many young players, Ken is currently the Female Director for Hockey Brandon, the President of the Rural Manitoba Female Hockey League and President of the Westman High School Hockey League.
He has also been involved in organizing a Female Skills Hockey School with another local volunteer, Myles Hubbard, through Hockey Brandon over the past few years. They are very encouraged by having over 100 girls from the Westman area attend the camp each year in Brandon.
Ken indicates that he has certainly enjoyed every level from very competitive hockey to the beginning levels of skill development at the novice and atom ages. He sincerely believes that we need to forget about wins and losses at the lower levels and focus on the skill development for our younger players. He says, “The biggest reason I am still involved in hockey is the past and current relationships I have made with parents, players and coaches. Seeing past players from previous teams now coaching and carrying on the love of the game is very rewarding. As coaches, this is what we can only strive for, to carry on the hockey tradition we all love.”
It is this attitude and dedication to our great sport that makes Ken Seekings a deserving recipient as the November 2009 Hockey Manitoba Volunteer of the Month.