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Behind the Scenes: Tony Borgford

Thursday, 26.01.2012 / 10:00 AM / Feature
By Chris Kreviazuk

As the Winnipeg Jets Video Coach, Tony Borgford may have a behind-the-scenes role on the team’s coaching staff, but the Regina native certainly plays a key part in the on-ice success of the Jets.

Borgford is responsible for assisting Jets Head Coach Claude Noel and his staff to be best prepared for opposing teams through the compilation and production of in-game video.

The NHL has seen rapid advancement in hockey theory in recent years, which has led to the formation of intricate plays, schemes and tendencies implemented by every team.  Because of this, it is important for a coaching staff to have video footage of the opposition so they can prepare for future games. Just as important is having footage of your own team, in order to assess strengths and weaknesses in past games.

Like the rest of the coaching staff, Borgford travels with the team on the road. Whether at home or away, the team generally sticks to a regular schedule when it comes to the video sessions.

“First thing in the morning, we get ready for our morning gameday meetings,” says Borgford. “Every meeting we have usually involves video of some type. We’ll typically do our special teams meetings first. In the afternoon we usually do a full team meeting on some review stuff from our previous game, as well as some pre scouting on the upcoming opponent, some of their tendencies and systems.”

During these meetings, Borgford will run the video which he has produced, while Noel and his assistant coaches are in charge of presenting it to the players for learning purposes.

Borgford also is responsible for communicating with the rest of the Jets coaches during games, providing in-game video analysis to help the team make appropriate adjustments to their play, on the fly.

A strong background in the game of hockey helped Borgford take on the challenge of video coaching when he began in this role in the middle of the 2002-03 season with the franchise, then in Atlanta. Having played four years at the NCAA level has helped Borgford excel at his job.

“The x’s and o’s, being a hockey person you learn that stuff pretty quick,” says Borgford. “It’s the technical side of things, working with video equipment and computers that I had to learn on the fly.”

While Borgford enjoys various elements of his job, there is one that is of particular satisfaction to the coach.

“The NHL is the best hockey league in the world, and to have an opportunity to be a part of it for my career is very rewarding,” says Borgford. “I’ve met a lot of great people along the way over the years, and continue to meet great people every day here in Winnipeg.”

While working in the NHL has been a highlight for Borgford, things got even better this summer for the coach as he was one of just a few individuals brought in from Atlanta to Winnipeg when the team relocated in time for the 2011-12 season. For Borgford, who has been with the franchise since its inception in 1999, this was a welcome development.

“I was a Winnipeg Jets fan growing up,” says Borgford. “The opportunity (to coach) here was off the charts as far as I was concerned.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01