“I think coaching is a lot like parenting,” the father of three boys says. “I really care about these kids. To me, they’re kids.”
Martin St. Louis’ tenets for how he wants the Montreal Canadiens to play should be well known at this point.
It’s something he learned from his late mother and now he’s passing that attitude on to Habs players.
To say that Montreal Canadiens head coach Martin St. Louis is liked by fans would be an understatement.
Martin St. Louis pulls up a seat in the conference room of the Montreal Canadiens’ practice facility, pops open a carbonated water bottle and settles in for a lengthy conversation.
“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.
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.