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America’s Hockey Coach

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

The stoic man behind the Team USA bench -- dark-framed glasses, arms folded across his chest, tight expression -- used to run naked around NHL dressing rooms banging on a Gatorade tub with a hockey stick to get his teammates pumped for the game.

He has co-authored four books, more than some hockey coaches have read.

He buried the Red Wings in the 2009 Stanley Cup finals months after landing his first -- and five years later -- only NHL head coaching job.

Eleven years earlier, he had buried a daughter he would never know.

These seemingly disparate threads weave into a rich tapestry of a man who deked coming out of college -- he interviewed with top-six accounting firms out of college and ended up a bottom-six forward -- and went top shelf in life. Dan Bylsma is not a Renaissance Man.

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wolverine's avatar

Really good article except the part where Faber states

He buried the Red Wings in the 2009 Stanley Cup finals

If memory serves, that went 7 games and the Captain was playing with a ruptured testicle.  “Squeaked by” would have been better.

Posted by wolverine on 02/18/14 at 12:47 PM ET


Agreed, Wolverine, that phrasing is a bit over-the-top!

Red Wing fans will enjoy this, though, if only for Bylsma’s perspective on Babcock.  There’s a good bit of it and it’s interesting to read his thoughts on Babcock—from a player’s and a fellow-coach’s perspective.

Posted by Lex Talionis on 02/18/14 at 01:17 PM ET


Really?  That’s the insulting thing?  Not that he chose the word “buried” simply so that he could, in horrendously poor taste, tie it to the death of his unborn daughter?

*#$%@& disgusting.  How about a little tact, Michael Faber?

Posted by Garth on 02/18/14 at 09:23 PM ET

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