Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 1/22/13
I come from a family of conscientious, talented teachers, so Im a big fan of the profession. And Ive always been especially impressed by teachers who not only know their subject, but theyve lived it; theyve applied their knowledge in the real world and become better teachers for the experience. Take Adrian Aucoin, for instance. Hes in his 18th season in the NHL and is one of the most respected veterans in the game. And he still has plenty of game to bring, which, blended with all that experience, makes him one incredible teacher for any defensive partner. This season, its young Blue Jackets defenseman John Moore whos the very willing student attending the Aucoin School of Hockey, and he knows he couldnt find a better on-ice professor. The knowledge he brings to the game and his personality, too, hes such a great guy, said Moore. Hes so easy to talk to; you can really learn a lot. And for me being in the first couple of years of my pro career here, Im just trying to soak up as much knowledge as I can and really be a sponge. You want to accelerate a young players NHL learning curve? Then that would be the perfect combination a heady, veteran player very happy to share the knowledge and a young player paying rapt attention to the instruction. And Moore will tell you hes already picked up a lot from his veteran D-partner in this seasons early stages. Yeah, hes given me pointers, and Im really trying to pick his brain, noted the Illinois native, who is in his second full season in the NHL. Im sure Im probably getting on his nerves a little bit with the amount of questions I ask. Hes been really helpful, and I cant say enough about him. Its almost like having another coach and playing with a coach in the sense that he knows so much about everything. Is there any one of those pointers that Moore has been able to apply to his game already in this young season? Id say one of the biggest areas is our puck retrieval, he said. I think so much of this game is about transition speed, and our job as defensemen is to get the puck out of our hands and into our forwards' hands. Its critical to minimize the time in our own end, so weve really been working on that and making sure were going back and talking for those pucks. There are so many talented players, you really need to make sure you know what youre going to do with the puck when you get it, he added. You need to make sure youre thinking the game because of the skill and speed out there. Adrian has been really helpful in that respect. Take a willing student focused on advancing and pair that student with a talented, experienced, conscientious teacher. In hockey, or in any other place on the education spectrum for that matter, its the equation that creates the most ideal scenario for quality learning. Thats what the Columbus Blue Jackets have this year in John Moore and Adrian Aucoin. And itll be interesting in this shortened whirlwind of a season to see just how accelerated the students learning curve will be at seasons end.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kevin Love responds to Draymond Green’s ‘annihilation’ trash talk

Spike Lee deletes Instagram post saying Kaepernick signed with Seattle

Errol Spence is the real deal, takes down Kell Brook

Indians reveal Frank Robinson statue at Progressive Field

Report: Jerry West considered rejoining the Lakers before they hired Magic Johnson

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

The NHL is thinking about hosting an outdoor game in Nashville

Michael Vick in talks to retire with Falcons

Hall of Fame pitcher and former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning passes away at 85

Roger Goodell to speak at Rams event, tickets start at $550

Ohio State hails itself as the ‘fastest team in college football’

Get a look at Shia LeBeouf as John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe movie trailer

Journey to the Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Box Score 5/26: Bring on the Finals

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Journey to the Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker