Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/08/06 at 01:23 PM ET
"One went down with a bad back caused by carting along the extra bags and the other went down with a cut hand that took him out of the action," Kingston remembered. "The players stepped right in, sharpened the skates, did the things that needed to be done to keep the show on the road. The players were great." Some NHL teams have taken long training camp road trips with the hopes of having players bond quickly. That wasn't a problem for Kingston and his group. The coach didn't have to tell the players to help out until replacements came along. They volunteered to assume the trainer's duties and Kingston thought that brought his team together. "They saw the only way it was going to happen is that everybody had to pitch in and help and the players were excellent at helping out," Kingston said.read on
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