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An Interview with James Blanchard

BEHIND THE BENCH

officer, where he quickly got involved in the lacrosse community. He became the assistant coach of the junior a Sherwood Park Titans in 2015. From there, Blanchard went on to become the head coach of the Midget ‘B’ Blue Lacrosse team in 2017.

By Molly Kett

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ames Blanchard has been deeply involved in athletics for most of his life. He began playing lacrosse when he was five years old and continued to play up until his last year of eligibility, age twenty-one.

“I have since accepted the head coaching position of the Bantam ‘A’ Parkland Posse and this will be the first year I am involved in the organization,” says Blanchard. “Ever since my last game of junior in 2013, I always wanted to stay involved in the game. Coaching has allowed me the opportunity to do so, and I wouldn’t be involved if it wasn’t for my previous experiences in the sport.”

Blanchard played his minor lacrosse with the Cornwall Minor Lacrosse Association under the same three coaches throughout; Rick Fillion, Jack Ruest and his father Perry Blanchard. His junior career was split between two teams; the Junior B Cornwall Celtics and the Junior B Akwesasne Indians. “Growing up, I recall taking weekend road trips with my father and some buddies a few times a summer to go check out lacrosse games in the Toronto Area. Watching these games allowed me to learn a vast majority of my lacrosse knowledge I have today,” says Blanchard.

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Blanchard says that the coaches he has had throughout his lacrosse After playing junior, Blanchard career have had a huge impact on the began to coach. He coached a Peewee coach he is today. team in Cornwall before moving to “Coaches like Rick Fillion, Jack Edmonton AB, to become a probation

Ruest, and especially my father, Perry Blanchard made me want to become a coach once my playing days were over. I was extremely fortunate to have them as coaches as they implemented the importance of commitment, hard work, discipline, positive behaviour, perseverance, and accountability,” says Blanchard. “Perry, Rick, and Jack allowed me to understand the value a coach has in not only for the players behaviours on the floor or in the dressing room but outside the rink as well. They emphasized being a good role model in the community and bringing a positive attitude to the rink. Without their teaching and guidance I would not have the knowledge of the game as I do today.” Blanchard got involved with coaching because he wanted to give back to the game, especially in Alberta. “Ontario and BC are powerhouses Continued on page 8

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