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Ward Cornell of Hockey Night In Canada with an interview of head coach Punch Imlach of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1962.
If you closed your eyes, it could be 2014...
from Erin Pollina of Sabres.com,
When George ‘Punch’ Imlach accepted a job as manager of the Buffalo Sabres in 1970, he did so for two very distinct reasons:
First, he wanted to establish a winning hockey club and take on the unique challenge of building an expansion team from scratch.
Secondly, he desperately wanted to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Prior to joining the Buffalo staff, Imlach served as the head coach of the famed Canadian squad for 11 years – from 1958 until 1969 – claiming four Stanley Cup Championships during his tenure.
He did so by maintaining an unwavering policy of loyalty with both his players and the personnel around him, preferring to build around a core group of athletes.
Unfortunately for Imlach, that mentality also led to his downfall in Toronto.