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from Curtis Rush of the Toronto Star,

The Star chatted with Hitchcock on Friday, a day before the Blues faced the Leafs, and we asked him about coaching and innovations in hockey.

You don’t allow players to hang their heads on the bench. Why?

We hate that here because there’s body language that the opposition is looking at. You never want the opposition to say you’re discouraged, we don’t put up with it. There are no sloped shoulders.

You speak of ownership from the team’s best players. What does that mean?

I think if the best players aren’t leading it becomes a little bit chaotic, so we ask our top players to lead us, not just in the games but in the practices. The demands we place on them aren’t so much what they say, it’s how they perform everyday when we’re together.

Have you ever been offered a chance to coach the Leafs, and would you if the chance presented itself?

I’m not commenting on that one, they have a coach.

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