from Mike G. Morreale of the NHL website,
Lindy Ruff has found a way to adapt, listen and persevere in his 22 seasons as an NHL coach.
The 62-year-old still enjoys the traditional practice, the video work, game planning, and, most importantly, watching his players excel in big moments.
On Saturday he became the fifth coach in NHL history to reach 800 wins when his New Jersey Devils defeated the Washington Capitals 5-1 at Prudential Center. The others to reach the milestone are Scotty Bowman (1,244; 1967-2002), Joel Quenneville (969; 1996-2022), Barry Trotz (914; 1998-2022) and Ken Hitchcock (849; 1995-2019).
"I've got a lot of respect for all those names ... a lot of great coaches," Ruff said. "I obviously played for Scotty Bowman and I have a lot of respect for him. I still communicate with him on occasion. The reason you get there is you've found a way to adapt through the years and get to that point."