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Why Ken Hitchcock Took The Dallas Stars Job

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

“Alex, sit your ass right there and start asking questions.”

The directive arrives from the training table where Ken Hitchcock lies flat on his back, white hair against the headrest, sneakers dangling off the edge. It’s early last Wednesday, three hours until the Dallas Stars’ morning skate in Brooklyn, and the visiting area at Barclays Center is beginning to stir. Equipment managers hang jerseys across the hall. Hitchcock’s assistants cut video in the coaches room. The ice machine grumbles. Massage therapist Dan Garcia enters.

“Come on, big Dan,” says Hitchcock. “We’re going to multitask.”

My ass finds a stool.

He should be retired by now. That’s what the hockey world heard, at least.


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WingedRider's avatar

A very interesting read and not surprising, knowing him back to his WHL days. One fact that always jumped out was the quality of hockey minds that shared ideas, asked questions from each other.

They are usually success stories, those that hide their knowledge become “Who was that guy again”.

Hitch was always near or striving to be one of the most knowledgeable hockey minds, like a Scotty Bowman.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 12/20/17 at 02:14 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

That was an excellent article.  One thing that stood out to me, talking about coaches and driving around in a car:

“We’re never very good at living in the present. We’re always looking at, what are we going to do tomorrow? So driving gives you a chance to daydream.”

Man that hits the nail on the head.  I’m no coach, but I’m always planning for the future and I LOVE driving.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/20/17 at 03:24 PM ET

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