Email: richard then the @ sign then richardbercuson dot ca (no spaces)
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My careers as a writer, hockey coach and teacher have co-existed and intersected for over 40 years. (No matter how old I get, I plan to continue to use the number 40. Anything more sounds ancient.) The best of all worlds. I’m still not sure what I want to do when I grow up.
My writings have bounced back and forth from non-fiction to fiction, with large dollops in between of editing and doing all the other marvellous tasks we did at small newspapers and magazines. In fact, I still do some of them. From my hometown of Montreal to Ottawa and while in Europe, I’ve written about a myriad of topics related to coaching and hockey. There have been newspaper and magazine columns, feature stories, media spots, and provocative essays, or so I thought. (See below for a more complete list.)
Fiction bit me in the 80s and took a bigger bite in the 90s leading to some successes with short stories and plays. Some ideas continue to be reworked and will find new homes shortly. I garnered a national award, Canada’s Arthur Ellis for best mystery short story, and won a couple of regional humour awards. I performed alchemy on some short stories by transposing a few to the stage.
Hockey – my passion. I’ve coached various levels of junior as well as college, pro in Europe, and with Canada’s Program of Excellence, not to mention dozens of minor and high school teams. For over 35 years, I’ve taught Canada’s national coaching certification program and have given presentations to coaches, officials, hockey boards and parents. I’ve authored or co-authored various manuals, including Hockey Canada’s Initiation Program, skills series, new Coach stream modules, and its former Play Right program. I’ve also served as the mentor coach for a number of organizations in addition to directing Hockey Eastern Ontario’s (HEO) coaching program for nearly 30 years. Recently, in my new hockey home of Oshawa, ON., I’m the Technical Director, aiming to assist coaches in bettering themselves and their kids. No matter what I do, the most fun is still getting on the ice to teach.
For five years, I co-hosted a radio show on TSN 1200 – “Grassroots: the minor hockey show.” (tsn1200.ca) We were knocked off the air in August, 2018, by Bell Media budget cutbacks. In any event, you can listen to the old podcasts here:
As a teacher, I spent 36 years in gyms and classrooms teaching physical education, cooperative education, English and mathematics. There were some stints heading departments and doing admin roles. Now that I’m out of the classroom, it’s gratifying to see the education system carries on swimmingly without me.
These days, I’m the editor of the Brooklin Town Crier in Whitby, Ontario. On the hockey front, there’s the Oshawa Minor Generals TD gig and I work with the Ontario Hockey Federation and Ontario Minor Hockey Association as a coaching program instructor and coach evaluator.
In my spare time – ? – I run. Never from. Always to. And of late, I’ve been learning to play with beautiful grandchildren.
(Sample columns are PDFs. They can be read with Adobe Reader)
Ottawa Life Magazine – humour columnist
Montreal Gazette – sportswriter
The Hockey News and Hockey World magazine – writer
Canadian Marathon Stories – contributing writer
Winner of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award – Crime Writers of Canada – Best Short Story: “Dead Run”
Reprinted in Arthur Ellis Awards anthology (Quarry Press) and Les Prix Arthur Ellis-1 (Alire)
From The Grist Mill – winner of The Joker is Wild humour award
A Tale from The Teuth Ferry
Christian Slater’s father
Guinea pig on a wheel (with DECA Playwrights)
Just Desserts (with DECA Playwrights)
Love me…now! (with DECA Playwrights)