About Dan

Dan Arel grew up playing hockey in Rochester, NH where he played for the Division II Spaulding High School hockey team. While playing was always a passion, Dan found himself to be far more a student of the game and understanding how plays worked, and that drove him into coaching.

Dan began coaching for the San Diego Oilers as an assistant for their 16U team before moving into a head coaching role first with 8U and then on to 10U. He is currently coaching the San Diego Oilers 10U A team. He has led his teams to a total of seven championship banners thus far. Dan also serves as the programs Director of Coaching Education and Development.

In 2020, Coach Dan was named Coach of the Year by the San Diego Gulls Foundation and joined the NHL Coaches Association’s Mentorship Program. He is also a member of the Hockey Players Club’s Mastermind of Coaches. He is also a regular contributor to The Hockey Think Tank.

As this site grows, Coach Dan hopes to help coaches and parents alike in navigating the world of youth hockey by moving the focus from the letter next to the team name to focusing on long term player development and ensuring every player who touches the ice wants to come back season after season.

Outside of hockey, Dan founded ThinkPrivacy, a website devoted to showcasing the best applications devoted to protecting user privacy. ThinkPrivacy is one of the most visited and respected privacy sites online today. Dan is also a privacy consultant and blogger for the privacy respecting search engine, Startpage. Dan is currently working on a book about privacy for PM Press.