from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,
Ron Wilson is smiling. Or rather, it sounds like he’s smiling. We cannot know for sure, because he is speaking over the phone. But you can feel the warmness to his voice. He sounds happy.
And why shouldn’t he be? After nearly four years of golfing and watching too much hockey on TV while waiting for a phone call that never came, Wilson is back behind the bench doing what he loves again as the head coach of the U.S. world junior team.
It’s not the National Hockey League. But as Wilson said, it still “feels pretty good.”
“I’m really surprised with how well our team has come together,” he said last week from the team’s selection camp in Boston. “On the first day, I slapped some lines together and right off the bat guys were flying. And I thought, well this is your typical first day. Guys are trying to impress me. But today they’re even better.
“I’m pleasantly surprised with this.”