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by Paul on 12/07/09 at 05:45 PM ET
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
John Stevens, fired as the Flyers coach Friday after his underachieving team had fallen to 10th in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, today exhibited the dignified manner that marked his three-plus year tenure.
In a conference call with reporters, Stevens said he felt “responsible” for letting people down - and getting assistant Jack McIlhargey fired - and that he was “extremely lucky to be part of the organization for so long.”
Stevens, in his first interview since the dismissal, called his coaching stint a learning experience, praised the organization, and said he was disappointed he couldn’t bring a championship to Philadelphia.
He said he will look back on his coaching experience and “reflect on it and use it as an opportunity to get better. My goal and dream was to win the Stanley Cup, and it’s important for me to review [what happened] and be better prepared for the next time.”
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