Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/16/10 at 10:29 PM ET
from Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post,
“He has the respect of his peers, there’s no question,” said New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello, one of McPhee’s mentors.
There is also a complexity to McPhee that goes beyond having a job and doing it well. He has deep roots in his sport, a passion that belies his normally staid countenance: clenched jaw, uneasy smiles, all-business-all-the-time attitude. In his 52 years, McPhee has been a scorer, a student, a brawler, a builder. He might be tight as a sailor’s knot on game nights now, but only because he knows that once the puck drops he can no longer affect the outcome.
That tension has only increased this year. The Capitals had the best regular season record in the NHL last season, only to be ousted in the first round of the playoffs. With the team again among the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, the pressure on McPhee and the team he has assembled to deliver a championship is enormous.
How McPhee got to this point is a product not only of who he is, but of how he got there, a series of hockey experiences that might have broken other men.
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