NHL Power Rankings: 25 Players Who Will Make Great Coaches

January 6th, 2011 by April Weiner Leave a reply »
It might seem like the successful hockey stars of today would make good coaches. This is not necessarily true. I remember reading an interview with the great Sergei Fedorov (translated on the Japers’ Rink site from Sovetsky Sport) in which he said: “Just because you’re a good player doesn’t mean that you’d make a good manager. There are some currents below the surface there that will whip your head around. You could lose your good name in two seconds. After all, you’re a hockey player, but you’ve been put in charge even though you plainly aren’t capable of this large role. This isn’t like some computer game where you can jump from level one to level 15. A General Manager is a very responsible position.”

Fedorov is of course speaking of the general manager position, but his argument could apply to coaching positions as well. The successful stars of today clearly have mastered the physical aspect of the game. However, hockey is not solely physical; it is equal, if not more, parts mental. And it is the coach’s responsibility to master the mental aspects to be successful. Some of the young stars have clearly m ...

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