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by Paul on 06/02/10 at 07:56 AM ET
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
There is something about Joel Quenneville, this close to his first Stanley Cup as a head coach, that exudes calm, control, and a sharp sense of confidence.
But two wins away from the largest prize of his hockey life, it also represents for him, for anyone who has ever suffered any kind of mental setback, one of the great unspoken comebacks in hockey history.
To understand Quenneville today, you have to go back to yesterday. Six years ago at the world hockey championships, Quenneville was supposed to coach Team Canada. But just one day before the tournament was to begin, there were already concerns about his erratic behaviour. And in a brief interview scrum with Canadian reporters, it was clear that Quenneville was not himself. He spoke, in what those who were there refer to as “gibberish.” Hockey Canada called it exhaustion then and now. Some said he had a mental breakdown of sorts. Looking back, he calls it stress and insomnia.
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