Not all teams in the Central Hockey League have an assistant coach, one that's not a player, too, anyway.
The Komets have Gary Graham, and they're putting him to good use.
Lately, he's been getting his hands on game film of other CHL teams and breaking it down for tendencies. Smart, considering the Komets haven't played 14 of the 18 CHL teams before.
"Gary Graham is downloading a lot of the CHL footage from years past and drawing up some battle plans for each team," Komets general manager David Franke said. "As Gary says, coaches don't usually change their styles, so we're already looking at film, strengths and weaknesses of teams and if they are more offensive- or defensive-oriented. We're already preparing to do battle."
This may sound like something obvious, but not all teams have the resources, personnel or desire to spend much time breaking down film. And this is something that has become easier for teams to do in recent years, as games have become available on the internet.
It used to be, you had to have VHS or DVDs of games, and they were usually from previous times you played an opponent or if another coach shared them.
To my knowledge, Pat Bingham was the first Komets coach to really spend a lot of time breaking down film and then screening them for the players -- coinciding with United Hockey League games suddenly being broadcast on the internet -- and Al Sims and Graham have followed suit.