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NHL Coach of the Year Announced

The National Hockey League confirmed the finalists for their “Coach of the Year” & “Rookie of the Year” awards. Making this confirmation on July 15th, it’s known that Quinn Hughes from the Vancouver Canucks & Cale Makar from the Colorado Avalanche’s is contending for the 2019-20 Calder Memorial Trophy, which is more commonly referred to as “Rookie of the Year”. Dominik Kubalik from the Chicago Blackhawks has also entered the finals. The NHL remarked that players selected showed formidable proficiency in their skillsets.

The Coach of the Year for 2019-20 will obtain the Jack Adams Award. Receiving this title requires majority voting from NHL Broadcaster Association Members. That association allowed the National Hockey League to confirm their tree selections. Those include Alain Vigneault with the Philadelphia Flyers, Bruce Cassidy from the Boston Bruins, and the Columbus Blue Jacket’s John Tortorella. It should be clarified that all three have previously received nominations for this award. Analysts speculate that Bruce Cassidy will be victorious over Vigneault & Tortorella.

The History of Nominated Coaches

Bruce Cassidy has earned a formidable reputation in the National Hockey League. He has been coaching the Boston Bruins since 2016. It’d take two seasons for Bruce Cassidy to obtain his 1st NHL Award, with that being the President’s Trophy. This is given to the highest-rated team operating league-wide. Cassidy hasn’t ever been gifted the Jack Adams Award, which is well deserved for a coach of his talents. Bruce maintained one of the highest records in the NHL before its postponement on March 12th. The team’s record stood at 44-14-12, with a .714 Goal Average.

John Tortorella was previously nominated for the Jack Adams Award during the 2003-04 NHL Season while coaching the Tampa Bay Lightnings. Tortorella would receive another opportunity to win this award when coaching the New York Rangers in 2012. Both instances of nomination didn’t favour victory. Tortorella hopes that 3rd time marks the cham, landing him victory over his opponents. That’ll prove challenging for the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The only victor over the Jack Adams Award is Alain Vigneault, obtaining victory during the 2006-07 Season. Throughout his professional coaching career in the National Hockey League, Alain Vigneault has been nominated five times. 2020 could mark his 2nd victory over this award.

Calgary Flames GM Predicts Changes for the NHL

Brad Treliving, the General Manager for the Calgary Flames, expressed that supporters should anticipate a substantially different version of the National Hockey League. Reporters questioned the GM on his position with the COVID-19 pandemic. Brad incentivized that players, corporate staff and coaches will engage with whichever scenario is determined by the NHL Commissioner. This follows after the 2019-20 Season was halted by the forced implementation of social distancing from both Canada and America.

All sporting associations worldwide are experiencing or preparing for a season that’ll be incomplete. It doesn’t matter what happens after the dust has settled with this pandemic, sporting associations like the National Hockey League will be drastically altered. This will also apply to the NBA, MLS, NFL, MLB, ELF, Premier League and Formula One. Brad Treliving mentioned that it’ll be challenging to play the sport without any supporters, that it’ll remove a significant percentage of the atmosphere. However, creating vital entertainment for supporters while keeping their players safe has become a top priority for GMs like Brad.

Historically, operating a profitable sporting venture requires obtaining thousands of civilians in one location. This applied back in the Roman Era and is still prevalent today, prompting significant concerns that the lack of supporters will generate a considerable decline in revenue. It should be noted that 2.1 Million are infected with COVID-19, with more than 140+ thousand dying worldwide. Under these conditions, the chances for anybody to contract the novel coronavirus is substantial. That’s why the NHL will implement specialized protocols to ensure the safety of all individuals participating in these match-ups. Strategic plans of this nature will be required for upwards of two years until a vaccine is provided.

Lost funds will apply towards the termination of Ticket Sales, Concession Stands, Parking Revenue and Brand Apparel. It’ll create new challenges for the product marketers working for the Calgary Flames and other NHL associations. April 30th will mark the date that NHL starts filming private matches, allowing for the remainder of the 2019-20 season to be underway. It should be noted that this date could be changed depending on the governance measures from Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau and Health Experts.

Coaching Drama for First Nations Canadian

The Bantam Hockey Team from the First Nations in Canada is facing some severe backlash after a coach was terminated. The Interlake Minor Hockey Association confirmed that they’d discontinued the “Fairford Minor Hockey League President & Co-Ed Bantam Coach”, who goes under the name Nadine Anderson. She’s banned from all arena matches until December 2020. It follows after she shared a social media post with profanity. When Nadine questioned her termination with the IMHA, she was told that this unacceptable post violated their policy governing agreement. Nadine claims she broke no policy laws, as the job wasn’t written by herself.

She spoke with First Nation Reporters in Winnipeg. Nadine held this interview from her home in Pinayamoontang. She expressed that these children and the hockey league desperately need her assistance moving forward. Refusal to accept her back could terminate the dreams and aspirations of dozens of children. Some individuals throughout the First Nations believe that this decision was based purely on race, with Native Canadian hockey leagues often facing an unnecessary backlash. It should be noted that Nadine Anderson was fired during the Bantam Playoffs, with her team almost guaranteed to lose going forward.

The Fight

This suspension notice provided to Nadine Anderson was maintained through email. It was sent by the Interlake Minor Hockey Association late at night, with some claiming it was a purposeful act. This head coach was returning from a playoff meeting and heading towards a coaching session, with IMHA Executives being connected to this meeting. All of these issues follow after a February 15th game was derailed and saw both opponents clash against each other. This confrontation was posted to Facebook, where Nadine shared it through her Facebook page.

You can see multiple parents and coaches fighting with each other, which followed after a bad call. You can hear in the background “I’ll keep paying for your welfare cheque”, which has prompted the claims of racism. Instead of the IMHA standing by one of their first nation employees, they instead allowed racist Canadians to have power over Nadine. This has become a regular occurrence throughout the Native Canadian communities, with them beginning to retaliate against the oppressions forced upon them through the government.

Head Coach for United States National Hockey Team Named

The United States has officially named the head coach for the 2020 IIHF World Championship, which is slated to be held in Switzerland during May 8th to 24th. The confirmation that Peter Laviolette will coach this national team was made by Chris Drury, the US General Manager of Hockey. It was expressed that Peter maintains an incredible level of experience with coaching and playing, which extends to unlimited desires at winning. It’s firmly expected that Peter Laviolette will bring the United States to a Silver or Gold Medal victory.

Shockingly, the United States National Hockey team announced that Laviolette would become the Head Coach. It was less than two months ago that he was terminated from the Nashville Predators. This man is also ranked 16th in the coaching standings, having maintained 637 won games throughout eighteen seasons. Peter has coached for the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators. Another shocking element to his new role is that Peter previously coached the United States National Hockey Team to a bronze victory in 2004. The Executive Director of United States Hockey Operations spoke on this announcement. He stated: “Peter is a terrific coach and someone who has had success wherever he’s been. We’re thrilled to have him back as head coach of our men’s national team.”

It should be noted that the remaining players and coaching staff for the 2020 US National Hockey Team haven’t been announced. They must first be selected by this new head coach and the assistant coaching staff, which extends to the General Manager and Advisory Committee. Subsequently, it’ll be a prolonged period before we hear anything regarding the full lineup of players. It’s expected that notable athletes like Sydney Crosby and Mike Tavares will play leading roles in this national team.

Additional Coaching News

Peter Laviolette isn’t the only coach who found himself facing severe fines or termination. It was announced this week that Claude Julien from the Montreal Canadians has been fined $10,000.00 for making illicit comments towards referees. This isn’t the 1st time that the head coach has clashed with referees, often uttering threats of violence towards them or their family. The paid fined from Claude Julien will see his money go towards the NHL Foundation.

Nobody Safe in the NHL

Job security has become a significant issue amongst professional athletes and coaches in the National Hockey League. This applies more to those in coaching positions, with multiple individuals being fired throughout the 2019-20 season. Bruce Cassidy from the Boston Bruins is growing more concerned that coaches could be terminated for not winning championship titles. Considering that there’s only one championship in the NHL, this leaves 20+ coaches potentially being fired. Cassidy is coaching the All-Star Game alongside other notable individuals. These men are discussing strategies to request job security amongst NHL coaches.

Bruce Cassidy was concerned that he’d lose his position as head coach of the Boston Bruins. This concern came after losing the Stanley Cup Finals to the St. Louis Blues. Other coaches that took their organizations to this championship event weren’t lucky enough to keep their positions. Gerard Gallant, the previous head coach for the Vegas Golden Knights, trained players to the Stanley Cup Finals in their 1st season. After losing to the Washing Capitals during the 2018 championship, he was immediately terminated and replaced by Peter DeBoer. This man has also lost his championship opportunity in 2017 while coaching the Nashville Predators, where DeBoer would lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins. This has been a re-occurring strategy for NHL Teams, to terminate one losing coach and hire another that previously lost.

Several changes to coaching staff were made throughout this season, five being performance-related and the others relating to behavioural-issues. This included Mike Babcock, Bill Peters and Jim Montgomery for the personal problems between fellow players and coaches. Babcock is considered to be the worst, as he’d deliberately act aggressive towards his players and often would commit violent acts. Shockingly, the National Hockey League would allow him to remain to coach going forward. However, these several terminations weren’t as extensive when eleven coaches were fired throughout the 2002-03 season. Since those original terminations, communication between NHL Corporate and the coaches have been lacklustre.

Long-Term Coaches

When it applies to NHL coaches, the longest-tenured individual is Jon Cooper from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Hired initially during the 2013 season, he’s completed six professional seasons and has the highest record amongst all coaching staff in the NHL. Coming in sixth place in Bruce Cassidy, who has coached the Boston Bruins since the 2016-17 season. Cassidy would have to remain with the Bruins for an additional three seasons to defeat Jon Cooper’s record, under the condition that the Tampa Bay Lightning coach was terminated after this season.

Rick Tocchet Signs onto All-Star Game

Gerard Gallant, The Head Coach for the Las Vegas Golden Knights, has been removed from the All-Star Game coaching staff. This follows after the Golden Knights terminated him on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020. This followed after multiple allegations regarding Gerard’s actions to players. Peter DeBoer was immediately hired to replace Gallant with the Las Vegas Golden Knights. However, when it applies to the upcoming NHL All-Star game, Rick Tocchet was selected for replacement.

Rick Tocchet is the head coach for the Arizona Coyotes. When he first signed on with this organization, they were performing at levels that wouldn’t reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tocchet implemented new coaching techniques, which have allowed them to reach the 1st position in the Pacific division. Their standings are two points ahead of the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, making Tocchet the perfect selection to replace Gerard Gallant in the NHL All-Star game. This marks the second time that a head coach from the Arizona Coyotes will engage with an All-Star game. The additional coaching staff confirmed for the upcoming All-Star game include Bruce Cassidy, Todd Reirden and Craig Berube. These coaches work for the Boston Bruins, St Louis Blues and Washington Capitals, respectively. Fans can view the NHL All-Star Game on January 25th, 2020.

Troy Ryan becomes Canadian National Coach

There was another surprising shift in coaching staff this weak. It was revealed that Perry Pearn had been terminated from the Canadian Women’s National Hockey Team. This mid-season announcement shocked analysts, with it already being confirmed that Troy Ryan will replace Pearn by January 20th. This announcement comes three months before the women’s world hockey championship is slated to begin in Nova Scotia. Hockey Canada’s Director expressed that this was a mutual departure, with a strategic changing required.

This announcement was confirmed to the Canadian Press, where Hockey Canada – Women’s Division noted that players respond to different leaders. Necessarily, Perry Pearn didn’t react appropriately to these athletes and made them feel uncomfortable. The fact that male coaches are governing over female players doesn’t make any sense, which often creates issues amongst teammates. It should be noted that when Perry Pearn operated as head coach, this national team couldn’t pass the semi-final events. The results from the 2019 world champion were Canada winning bronze against Finland. Hockey Canada hopes that Troy Ryan will have the required components necessary to lead these women to a golden championship victory.

Keefe Renovating the Toronto Maple Leaf’s

Decades have passed since the Toronto Maple Leaf’s were contenders for Stanley Cup Championships. Things could be on the mend for this historically bad team with Sheldon Keefe, the latest Head Coach to lead this organization. Keefe doesn’t have any previous experience coaching in the National Hockey League, which is why sports analysts and fans were shocked when Keefe won fifteen of his first twenty matchups. For the first time in his career, Keefe was thanked by fans at Nathan Phillips Square. Cheers came after the Maple Leaf’s held an outdoor practice session in Toronto.

The History of Sheldon Keefe

The dramatic turnaround that Sheldon Keefe has inspired into TML is incredible. Their previous head coach was Mike Babcock, who stood at a record of 9-10-4. When he was terminated earlier this season, and Keefe was hired, those stats jumped to 24-15-6. Sheldon received this position after winning the Calder Cup with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. Since taking this position, not only has Toronto received more wins, but they’ve also improved on power-play percentages. All of these statistics provide the Maple Leaf’s a strong chance at winning the Stanley Cup. However, they’ll have to defeat the likes of the Washington Capital or Boston Bruins to acquire this championship title.

Sheldon Keefe maintains a long history with professional hockey. He first stood as a former player with the Toronto Maple Leaf’s, where he would eventually take the position of head coach for the Marlies. Keefe is one of the few to experience the evolution of modern hockey, adapting to unforeseen circumstances. It’s these qualities that make Sheldon the perfect coach and saviour for the Leaf’s. Coaching-wise, he’s known for having incredible transparency and communication with his players. It creates an open environment that promotes active growth amongst players.

Old Drama Returns for Keefe

This doesn’t mean that the historical drama surrounding the Toronto Maple Leaf’s has ended though. Sports analysts are beginning to debate the capabilities of Keefe after they’ve faced five losses in his leadership. Analysts claim that the Toronto Maple Leaf’s don’t have the strength in offence of defence to acquire the Stanley Cup. However, both the General Manager and Head Coach for the Toronto Maple Leaf’s defended this ridiculous claims. Both expressed that new strategies and in-camp developments will push the team forward to the Semi-Finals. Subsequently, fans of the Maple Leaf’s could receive their first Stanley Cup is more than several decades.

Ray Edwards and Geoff Ward Promoted

The Calgary Flames provided more insight on their 2020 coaching staff, which has been speculated since the NHL Playoffs were complete. After considerable deliberation, it’s been announced that Ray Edwards will be taking on the role of assistant coach for the Flames. The former professional hockey player has experience with Minor-Professional leagues and as a General Manager. Subsequently, he is the perfect individual to oversee this team until the arrival of a new Head Coach.

Ray Edwards has a distinguished history with the Calgary Flames. He’s worked with them in a development role for the last four seasons. The ageing professional has more than three decades of history in professional hockey leagues. Those include two seasons with the San Angelo Saints in Texas. Throughout that period, he became the Central Hockey League’s Coach of the Year, which promoted him to General Manager of the now-disbanded organization. However, that hasn’t stopped Edwards from pushing forward in his coaching career. That can do anything attitude will benefit not just himself throughout the NHL, but also assist his players as well.

The question going forward is who will replace Bill Peters, the former Head Coach of the Calgary Flames. He retired with his resignation on good terms, after successfully having a four-decade-long coaching career. It was rumoured that Geoff Ward could take the role, but he was ultimately promoted to the Interim Head Coach

Geoff Ward

It made perfect sense that Geoff Ward was promoted to the Interim Head Coach. He has a long history coaching in the National Hockey League, with him winning a Stanley Cup for the Boston Bruins as Assistant Coach. Geoff Ward also coached the New Jersey Devils as an assistant, before moving over to the Calgary Flames. This Waterloo, Ontario-Native, started his career in coaching after taking a teaching position with the University of Waterloo. Eventually, he would be asked to coach the Waterloo Siskins, where he won them a championship title.

Afterwards, he became the Head Coach for the Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League. Geoff Ward wouldn’t begin his National Hockey League Coaching Career until 2007. After twelve years on the job, he finally has acquired his first head coaching job. Ward gaining a Stanley Cup Championship as Head Coach for the Flames would cement his career for another two decades. However, Ward only has one season to accomplish a championship title before his coaching position could be in jeopardy.

Darryl Sutter Under Fire

The Los Angeles Kings has been shrouded in controversy since Daniel Carcillo revealed that the former head coach, Darryl Stutter, had committed numerous instances of verbal abuse against his players throughout the 2013-24 seasons. Daniel noted that throughout his time with Stutter, he noticed the head coach berate players in front of the full team. Daniel Carcillo played 26 professional games of hockey with the Los Angeles Kings, during which he said Stutter displayed the worst coaching ever seen.

When asked to elaborate to reporters, Daniel confirmed that this abuse didn’t specify to only the players. After losing a significant game for the LA Kings, Stutter wouldn’t allow for the team to eat and screamed F*** off to the female flight attendant when she tried to serve the players. There was even an instance where Darryl Stutter kicked Matt Greene on the lower back in front of the entire squad before a team meeting. To make matters worse, Matt Greene had a concussion at the time. This behaviour is unheard by an NHL Coach and would surely have him lose his professional career if he wasn’t already retired.

Since Daniel Carcillo made his public statement, other players have come forward and confirmed these situations. When the female flight attendant didn’t clear their food in a fast enough order, Darryl Stutter continued to demean her in front of dozens of men. These kind of actions were consistent throughout his coaching career with the LA Kings, with Daniel Carcillo noting he was shocked they ever had won a Stanley Cup.

Stutter Refuses to Respond

Multiple news organizations have tried to contact Darryl Stutter through his former teams, those being the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. Both organizations refused to comment on these allegations, but this isn’t the first time Daniel Carcillo has made statements regarding former members of the NHL. Each time he revealed unknown information, someone close to the first entity would inevitably confirm it.

Daniel has demanded that the National Hockey League enforce a new level of locker room culture. Advocating for hazing shows the ignorance that the NHL still displays regularly, which was confirmed with additional allegations of racial abuse league-wide. It should be noted that Daniel Carcillo has campaigned for this cause because his best friend and fellow teammate, Steve Montador, passed away from suicide after numerous concussions to the brain.

Maple Leaf’s Hire New Coach

Brendan Shanahan, the President and Alternate Governor for the Toronto Maple Leaf’s announced that they had fired Mike Babcock as the head coach. This decision comes after Babcock underperformed this season and had a six-game losing streak. He is now replaced by Sheldon Keefe, which has shocked sports analysts and fans of the Maple Leaf’s alike.

Sheldon Keefe was the former head coach for the Toronto Marlies, the American Hockey League version of the Maple Leaf’s. He’s coached more than 300 games, with 200 of them being wins. He is considered to be the top coach in the AHL, even at 39-years-old. It’s expected that whatever strategies he implemented at the American Hockey League will be brought over to the National Hockey League. It should also be noted that Keefe won the Marlies their first championship Calder Cup title in 2018.

Before coaching in the American Hockey League, Sheldon Keefe was the Head Coach for the Sault Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League. This Brampton, Ontario-Born Hockey Player led this OHL Team to two playoff titles before being picked up by the Toronto Marlies. During his team with the Greyhounds, he coached them to 100 victories. Throughout his career, Sheldon Keefe has coached 300+ winning games. After more than a decade of experience in coaching, this upcoming figure in the NHL will bring his formidable talents to the Maple Leaf’s. Subsequently, we could see the Leaf’s win their first championship in decades.

Coaching Positions

Sheldon Keefe hasn’t just coached throughout his formidable career in professional hockey. He has also acted s the General Manager for the Pembroke Lumber Kings, leading them to five consecutive championship victories from 2007 to 2011. Keefe’s professional experience came when he was asked by Team Canada’s Men’s Summer U18 Team to be an assistant coach.

Sheldon Keefe played professional hockey between 1998 and 2000. He played more than 125+ National Hockey League games but ultimately found himself in a better position with coaching. However, he holds numerous titles to his record, like the Ontario Hockey Leagues Rookie of the Year. The Toronto Maple Leaf’s confirmed that there wouldn’t be any other changes to the coaching staff made in the 2020 Season. The Toronto Marlies will now be co-coached by Rob Davison and AJ MacLean.