Raiders tab Troy Kahler as new head coach, general manager for upcoming 2019-20 campaign

by Matt Mackinder

The Scarborough Wexford Raiders have announced the addition of Troy Kahler as the team's head coach and general manager.

Kahler has played at nearly every level of the sport and has traveled the world throughout his career. During his playing career, he won an NCAA championship at the University of Michigan in 1998 and also won four EHL Cup championships. He has also been a head coach, owner and president of multiple successful franchises. 

"It's great to be a Raider," Kahler said. "Scarborough is one of the truly amazing spots in Canada and a great hockey town. I can't wait to get on the ice with the boys and really make this team a hockey factory where we can win games, but also develop players to advance to higher levels, and do us proud."

In addition to his one-ice expertise, Kahler is also a certified fitness and nutrition coach and founded the Academy of Hockey in 2002, an organization that provides hockey skill development summer camps for younger players.

Kahler's on-ice program will focus on stick handling and puck control, passing fundamentals, shooting fundamentals and scoring dynamics. Each element is paired with on-ice evaluations to create truly dynamic players. Off the ice, players will be following a training program focusing on speed, agility and core hockey power circuits. 

A high-performance maintenance program will also be included to ensure long-term skill retention and injury prevention. A nutrition and hydration program will be a staple to complement and preserve all the hard work Raiders players will accomplish in the gym and on the ice. 

Kahler's style of coaching is emulated from his time playing Major Junior hockey and NCAA Division I hockey. He models himself much more than an inspirational leader of the team, but also a teacher of the game. 

Admittedly, Kahler is most excited about the weekly video review sessions he will be doing both as a team and individually 1-on-1 with each player. It will give him a great chance to really get to know each and every player on the team a little bit more personally, know them as individuals, and really get on the same page with them about their development and progression. It also gives the players a chance to really know Kahler well, as well as the team systems, philosophies, and the player's role within it.