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by Paul on 09/27/13 at 05:16 AM ET
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
“Great takes time. Great happens probably in four or five years. We went into a rebuilding stage in St. Louis five years ago and we’re in year four. The slogan was ‘come grow with us.’ Now the attitude in St. Louis is ‘when the hell are you guys going to win a Cup?’ The attitude the media has with us is right now that we’re finished growing with you but now you guys have to start producing.”
Calgary fans dreaming of that day know it’s likely at least four years away given how bare the cupboards have been here for years.
Having coached three generations of players the longtime Team Canada assistant said the mindset of players has devolved since the 80’s and 90’s when players did what they were told, no questions asked.
“Then they went to ‘I’ll do what I’m told but where will it take me?’” explained Hitchcock, who guided Dallas to the Stanley Cup in 1999.
“Now it’s ‘I’ll do what I’m told, where will it take me and what’s in it for me? How quick can I get up that ladder.’”
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