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Part 2: Coaching Team Slovenia
6. You have a ton of international hockey experience, both as a player for Team USA and as a coach in the Swiss and Italian national leagues. What are the strongest traits that you bring to your job as Head Coach of Team Slovenia?
I certainly think my background as a coach and as a successful international player help my reputation with the Slovenian team. I have learned that there are many different ways to coach a team and many different systems of play that can be successful. I feel that I have learned to evaluate my players on my teams, and then to adapt to their strengths to determine our style of play, and also try to cover for our weaknesses.
An Interview With Team Slovenia Coach and Member of the 1980 US Miracle on Ice Team; John Harrington
Part 1: The 1980 Miracle on Ice
First off, thanks for taking the time to speak with Kuklaskorner.
Following a standout NCAA career as a Right Winger for the University of Minnesota Duluth, you were invited to try out for the 1980 US Olympic Team by legendary coach Herb Brooks. What was training camp like with Brooks?
The try-out camp was a series of practices and games, with the team being selected at the end of the 12 days. It was pressure-packed, and no one had any idea where
they stood in the try-out process. At the end of the try-out, Brooks invited all 80
players that had participated in the try-out into a room, told us thanks for coming, and
then read off the 26 players’ names that he would keep on the team.
Having made the team, you participated in quite possibly the most famous hockey game ever, the Miracle on Ice, against a dominant Soviet squad, featuring Vladislav Tretiak, Valeri Kharlamov, Boris Mikhailov and Vladimir Petrov along with youngsters Viacheslav Fetisov, Sergei Makarov and Vladimir Krutov. What was the general mood in the dressing room before the game?
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My students are currently doing mid-term exams, so unfortunately this is just a quick update to let you know what I’m working on for Kuklaskorner.
In the next week or so, I will start posting some interviews I have done with some National Team Head Coaches, regarding the history and current status of their national programs, preparation for the 2011 World Championships in Slovakia, and overall team expectations.
Here is the schedule for the interviews:
John Harrington: Head Coach of Team Slovenia and a member of the 1980 US Miracle on Ice Team.
Glen Hanlon: Head Coach of Team Slovakia and a former NHL goalie and coach.
Uwe Krupp: Head Coach of Team Germany and a former NHL player.
Rick Cornacchia: Head Coach of Team Italy and a former OHL coach.
Dave Henderson: Head Coach of Team France and a former France Division 1 league player.
Olegs Znaroks: Head Coach of Team Latvia and a former Russian league player.
I hope everyone will enjoy these interviews!