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11 Otters Graduate from Leadership Program

The Erie Otters are proud to partner with the Manufacturer and Business Association of Erie and celebrate our 11 graduates of their Leadership for Team Leader Series program.

The veteran Otters players participated in the local program which focuses on building foundations for success, effective communication and problem-solving, and equates to 40 hours of instructor-led training.

“Our players participated in these classes to help them learn to become strong leaders,” Otters head coach Kris Knoblauch said. “Not just with our team, but in their futures.”

Nick Betz, Travis Dermott, Patrick Fellows, TJ Fergus, Haydn Hopkins, Jake Marchment, Jakub Mayenschein, Kyle Pettit, Darren Raddysh, Dylan Strome and Devin Williams all graduated from the five course program and received their training certificates at Monday’s recognition luncheon held by the Manufacturer and Business Association.

“This is how I got to know everyone,” said Haydn Hopkins, who was claimed off of waivers from the WHL’s Vancouver Giants in December. “My first day in Erie we had class, so I got to know and learn with everyone at the classes.”

The Manufacturer and Business Association is a leader in professional development programs for more than 20 years. To be a successful leader, the MBA believes “new leaders have to know what their responsibilities are both to the organization and to the people they lead.” The program the Erie Otters participated in addressed the challenges of this position in an interactive and relaxed atmosphere.

“We talked a lot about the team and how to help players that may be struggling,” second-year forward Patrick Fellows mentioned, “and to work with the young guys so that the team meshes better together.”

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