Friday, October 16, 2009

Blue Jackets love from Up North

Gotta love this little profile of the Ken Hitchcock and the Columbus Blue Jackets from the (Toronto) Globe and Mail:
You hear it all around the NHL these days, mostly wherever there is a team off to a slow start, with a new coach trying to sell players on a system of play. 
All the hopeful words you hear - from coaches such as the Calgary Flames’ Brent Sutter or the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Ron Wilson or the Boston Bruins’ Claude Julien - centre on how difficult is to get the message through to their players and then have it be digested and implemented on a consistent night-in, night-out basis.
They talk about systems; they ask for structure, but what they really need to do is to illustrate what a player buy-in looks like is to show a little video of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Hitch then goes on to explain how the CBJ have implemented the Hitchcock system.  It apparently has been a slow process, one player at a time.  And now it's finally paying off!

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