While he’s never been a coach himself, new Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brad Treliving has an interesting perspective on the job of a bench boss, having been an executive for a longtime.
Speaking with Sportsnet 960 host Ryan Pinder at our 2020 Virtual Hockey Summit last September, Treliving (who was then the GM of the Calgary Flames) outlined four things that he really values in a coach:
- Ability to communicate
- Ability to inspire
“You can be the smartest coach and you can have the greatest system, and all those things, but if you can’t communicate effectively to your players, you’re not going to get very far,” Treliving said. “We’re in the ‘why’ generation right now. The players now that you guys are coaching, they’re the smartest athletes that we’ve been around… They want to know why, they want to know how they’re going to get there. They want to know how you’re going to help them get there. But you need to inspire, you need to have leadership and light that engine in them.”
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