The average hockey fan only pays attention to a coach when he’s behind the bench during games, or standing on a practice rink teaching players. But much of the job now takes place away from the prying eyes of the media and public. A good coach is like a good movie director: they have to know what scenes they want, but to create them, they have to manipulate the emotional cores of their actors.
They also must have a network of friends as coaches within the league to be effective in the job at all. That network can be the difference between success and failure. Coaches always want their counterparts to respect the job being done.
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