Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/29/12 at 07:54 PM ET
from Adrian Dater of Sports Illustrated,
When Mike Keenan arrived to coach the Blackhawks in 1988, he noticed something disturbing in his team’s dressing room at Chicago Stadium: ashtrays. Not just the squiggly-squared, amber-colored glass trays that populated most public places, but tall, regal-looking stands. Finished butts, dozens of them, had been given proper state funerals, or so it looked.
Keenan, no saint but never a smoker, was shocked.
“I had just come from Philadelphia, where there really weren’t a lot of guys who smoked,” he says. “But I walk in and see those ashtrays everywhere, and the first thing I told the guys was: ‘OK, no more smoking in the dressing room. If you gotta smoke, do it out in the hallway.’ So I’m coaching my first exhibition game and I go into the dressing room after the first period to talk, and there’s no one in there. I’m wondering what in hell is going on, and take a walk out to the other side of the hallway and the whole team is out there, smoking cigarettes.”
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