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Two Distinct Coaching Styles From Jon Cooper And Joel Quenneville

06/13/2015 at 7:46am EDT

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,m

Welcome to the 2015 Stanley Cup final, otherwise known as a Tale of Two Coaches.

In the Tampa corner, you have the personable Cooper, 47, who rubs shoulders with Charles Barkley, had his group’s tab picked up by actor Vince Vaughn at a Chicago steak joint last weekend, and carries with him a swagger that makes you realize just how comfortable he is in his own skin.

Quenneville, 56, is too, but in a far different way. A far nicer man than he gets credit for, especially behind the scenes, Coach Q, as some of the players call him, is far more no nonsense, a do-it-his-way-or-the-highway type who isn’t afraid to let his guys know if they aren’t performing up to par.

In that regard, both teams are reflections of their respective coaches.

The Lightning players are young, fast and, like Cooper, feel as if they can beat anyone.

Like Quenneville, the Hawks are battle-proven, determined, business-like and have established — thanks to Cups in 2010 and 13 — that they’ve already beaten anyone and everyone.

Up until now.

Now comes the real litmus test, at least where these playoffs are concerned.

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