“Two key elements for me is enthusiasm and respect, and I think we really work off that,” head coach Martin St. Louis says.
Hall of Famer says doing public speaking after retiring as a player helped prepare him to become a head coach in the NHL.
Both enjoyed great success as NHL players and carried over lessons learned from coaching their sons in youth hockey behind an NHL bench.
Goalie Jake Allen believes head coach will be “a big bonus” when it comes to attracting free agents to Montreal in the future.
Three legends inducted in inaugural class, drop ceremonial puck Saturday.
Martin St. Louis has a mind for the game of hockey that is unique to him; mental tools he developed to overcome his physical challenges to become a Hall of Fame player.
“His mind for the game is next level,” Nick Suzuki says, while Jake Allen adds Habs bench boss is “a treat to play for. I think we’re all fortunate.”
Martin St. Louis takes different approach to longtime NHL tradition, moving them to Bell Centre to help players get a better feel for game nights.
He wanted to be sure he was there to welcome Martin St. Louis, who was going to introduce himself to the organization that morning and make his debut behind the Canadiens bench that evening.
“There are times when I’ve second-guessed myself but it’s all part of the learning process,” he says on the anniversary of his first game behind the bench of an NHL team.
“I love watching them,’ Hall-of-Famer says of 3 sons, including Lucas, who’s eligible for 2023 draft.
Two consecutive Canadiens games painted two different pictures of coach Martin St. Louis.