In the early 1980s, Ken Hitchcock was the coach of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League and an 18-year-old forward came to camp as a free agent.
Keeping in close contact with team, preparing for all possible variables during period of unknown
Watch as Rick Tocchet, Rob Brind’Amour and Craig Berube join John Dellapina to discuss when they first thought about transitioning from NHL player to NHL coach.
Los Angeles Kings winger Ilya Kovalchuk was caught a bit off guard by the question of how Marc Savard could help the Blues’ power play. “He’s here?” Kovalchuk asked.
It’s not often that an interim coach is handed the keys to a last-place team and ends up winning the Stanley Cup in the same season.
Not impossible, as Craig Berube proved last season. Just incredibly unlikely.
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA • The exact target of the outburst remains tricky to pin down.
Going from being an NHL player to a coach in the league can be a big adjustment—so just imagine how it is for those who make a direct jump to the bench right after their playing days are over.