After a career of 22 years on the rinks of the national hockey League (NHL) Mark Recchi is now an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Well placed to follow the evolution of the sport, he believes that the instructors have had to adapt to young players.
Having himself been led by the uncompromising Ken Hitchcock as much at the junior level with the Blazers in Kamloops with the Philadelphia Flyers, Recchi has been argued that the players were not as receptive to old methods and did more to make her scream against.
“This is different than in the past, he said recently in an interview with the podcast “Hockey Central” in the network Sportsnet. I don’t think the players react too well [in the style of Ken Hitchcock] than we used to. I believe that the players need to be talking about. You can yell stuff from time to time, but if you do it all the time, the message does not pass any more and the players get tired.”
“The era is different. Communication is so important today. We need to be honest with the players. It is necessary to work with them and speak to them. And sometimes, it puts your patience to the test,” he admitted.
Membership is required
Recchi has had a lot of success in the course of his career, as evidenced by his three conquests of the cup Stanley. Twenty years separate his first with the Pittsburgh Penguins, in 1991, and his last with the Boston Bruins, in 2011. It also lifted the trophy in 2006 with the Hurricanes of Carolina.
The former striker of the Montreal canadiens is therefore well-placed to put the finger on what it is that is needed to have success in the national hockey League (NHL).
“There are many ways to be successful, but in all cases, it requires the accession of 23 players, and sometimes more, has he analyzed. If this is not the case, you will not have as much success as expected. It is the common denominator for me.”
“If you have three or four players who do not adhere to the plan, eventually, there will be five or six, and then six or seven. If it has two, then you can bring them on your side and they will not have other choice than follow the others. This is what is most important, and it has not changed.”
Crosby as an example
In Pittsburgh, Recchi can enjoy using Sidney Crosby during training sessions. According to him, the work ethic of the captain is so strong that the other players do not have the choice to follow him.
“The sessions, coaches are incredibly fast. When new players join the team, they are not accustomed to this pace and it takes them about three weeks to a month to get used to.”
“Sid is running the show, every day,” he concluded.