Richard Monette’s talents span the disciplines of sport psychology, business, and education, all of which are connected by his ardent passion for improving human and organizational performance. He is a skillful sport psychology coach, executive coach, corporate change agent, and speaker with a diverse clientele, spanning from Olympic medalists and professional athletes to corporate CEO.

With 20 years of very applied experience, Richard’s programs are always tailored to meet the specific challenges of his clients. He consistently links peak performance techniques and skills to other aspects of life. As a result, Richard's clients evolve as people, as well as performers in their chosen field of performance. In addition to his consulting activities, Richard created the original Sport Psychology and Peak Mental Performance curriculum that is now taught as a full-credit course in Alberta high schools. All original material presented during the PMP program is the property of InnerWarrior Coaching and Consulting and copyrighted.

Objective and content of the program The Peak Mental Performance is designed to deliver on the general objective of the Banff Hockey Academy: to help student-athletes develop their full potential and make a positive impact upon their community.

The main objective of the Peak Mental Performance training program is to help athlete-students increase their “CHARACTER” score. The character score is the sum of 9 critical mental performance skills that help hockey players maximize their physical skills and increase their effectiveness:

  1. Purposefulness: The ability to FOCUS a maximum level of ENERGY in each and every action in the pursuit of a long term goal and/or dream.

  2. Coachability: The willingness and the ability to communicate and interact with the COACHING staff in
    order to learn more.

  3. Emotional Control: The ability to MAINTAIN COMPOSURE under the stress of competition.

  4. Drive and Determination: The Willingness to put forth the effort and energy necessary to succeed.

  5. Mental Toughness: The COURAGE to do what MUST be done no matter the level of adversity.

  6. Leadership: The desire and ability to influence others in a positive way.

  7. Controlled and Intelligent Aggressiveness (CIA): The desire and the ability to play “physical” within the
    rules of the game.

  8. Hockey Sense / being a student of the game: The willingness and the desire to reflect upon the game of
    hockey to increase knowledge of the game.

  9. Concentration: The willingness and ability to allocate complete attention and intense mental effort.

How the program is delivered

The objective of the program is based on 3 principles:

  1. A solid foundation: That all athletes-students begin the competitive season with a solid knowledge of the 9
    critical mental performance skills listed above.

  2. Applying the skills in competition: That all athletes-students put in practice and improve upon the 9 critical
    mental performance skills during the competitive season

  3. Planning for the future: That all student-athletes leave the program with solid knowledge on how to apply
    the knowledge, skills and techniques acquired in their future hockey, scholastic and life endeavors.

To do so, the program is divided in three phases:

1) Pre-season phase:

  • Athlete presented with the basic skills and techniques required during the season.

  • The content is delivered via 6 “group PMP sessions with Richard Monette

  • This phase usually begins in August during the pre-season camp held in Vancouver and ends sometime in
    October when the competitive season begins.

2) Competitive Season phase:

  • Students apply and receive continuous constructive feedback on the skills and techniques acquired.

  • This content in delivered in many forms: 8 to 10 group PMP sessions, 3 to 5 individual PMP consultations with Richard Monette, Post-game assessment and discussions with coaches about the mental component of hockey.

  • Self- assessments on the 9 basic skills listed above are performed on a regular basis.

  • The program directors and coaches also assess those skills in formal and informal ways.

  • This phase begins in late February and ends in early June.

3) Post-Season Phase

  • During this last phase, student athletes are guided in completing an assessment of their “mental performance” season,

  • This lead to the construction of individual peak mental performance development plans.

  • Athletes are also presented with practical content on how to prepare for Junior and/or college camps

  • This is achieved through 3 to 4 PMP group session as well as 1 or 2 individual consultations with Richard Monette.

Description of modes of delivery

1) Group PMP session:

  • These sessions take place in a classroom of the Banff Community High School during which Richard Monette present different key concepts of Peak Mental Performance.

  • 60 minutes in duration

  • The content is presented using different medium (power point, written material, films and videos).

  • During these sessions, students-athletes are compelled to keep notes and key material from the session

2) Individual Consultations session with Richard Monette

  • These session also take place within a classroom of the Banff Community High School

  • During these, a student–athlete and Richard Monette in a “coaching” discussion relating specifically to the student-athlete delivery of the skills and techniques presented.

3) In-game and Post game observations

  • These sessions take place in-between period and after the completion of the Banff Hockey Academy hockey games

  • During these sessions, Richard Monette shares his observation in relation to the team and individual player’s performance of Peak Mental Performance skills and techniques.