Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/14/09 at 11:19 PM ET
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Skate hard, don’t give up, have a good attitude - good qualities for hockey players that go a long way toward winning games.
But Dave King was looking for more.
King, a Coyotes assistant, is one of the foremost teachers in the sport, knew going beyond that threshold held limitless possibilities. For three-plus decades, as an NHL, Olympic and international coach, he has been subtly changing the way the game is taught and played.
“He really influenced all of us to organize ourselves at practice, to have a game plan,” said Ken Hitchcock, coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. “He saw the game intellectually way above us. We always thought the game was hard work and determination, and that would get it done.
“We never really knew much about systems of play, but Dave brought structure to all of our thought patterns.”
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