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by Paul on 11/06/11 at 03:47 PM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Now that we’ve got Twitter, nothing stays secret for long. Players tell their thousands of followers they’re being sent back to junior from an NHL club or they’re going down to the minors.
But 10 years ago this fall, the Montreal Canadiens were so paranoid about a head coaching change getting out when Alain Vigneault was fired and Michel Therrien hired that they locked the players in their dressing room. Local Finnish newspaper correspondent Jouni Nieminen fired off the funny story from former Habs forward Juha Lind about the total news blackout.
“We were told we couldn’t leave the room, couldn’t use our cellphones, couldn’t call home,” said Lind. “The ultimate was the dressing room door was taped shut from the outside. It was like we were somehow involved in a major crime. The isolation lasted a few hours until the new coach ran practice after meeting with the media.”
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