2 on 2: Dennis Sorenson uses hockey to help mold young athletes
He's one of the winningest hockey coaches in the state, but for Dennis Sorenson, it's not about the wins.
“I think now as I’ve gotten older, I hate the losses more than I like the wins,” Sorenson says with a chuckle, “but I think I’m just driven to push people to the limits. I do that in my own life.”
As the founder of the Alaska Aces, and longtime Dimond High hockey coach, he's proud of where more than 35 years of coaching have taken him.
"It's the connection with the players, both past and present," he says.
Even after all these years, the speed of the game and the joy of his players is why Sorenson shows up, hockey stick in hand, each year.
“Just being able to see the successes of those kids, going from their sports to life, kind of drives me to continue it, to this day,” Sorenson says.
However, Sorenson acknowledges, hockey isn't what it used to be in Alaska. Especially not like when he started coaching, back in 1984. This is where he says something needs to be done.
“I’m still coaching because I love the sport. But we have to find a way to solve the challenge of getting kids started,” he says firmly.
Looking at the sport he loves, the reason he does it all? To teach his players lessons they can use on and off the ice.
"Talent's one thing. But if you don't work hard, you're not a good citizen, and you don't put in the time, you're not going to be successful at what you do, no matter what it is," he says.
The Dimond Lynx hockey season continues later this week.