Tim Hunter is patient, and harvest the fruits

Tim Hunter fait preuve de patience, et récolte les fruits

Photo: Darryl Dyck, The canadian Press
The canadian team celebrating its victory on Saturday against the Czech Republic

For head coach Tim Hunter, honesty and patience are crucial to getting the best out of his players, the world championship of junior hockey.

“I have learned that it pays to be patient, said Hunter. I believe in the group, I believe in the staff, I believe in the system that we are trying to implement. “

The Canadians are undefeated in three games after their win in the face of the Czechs on Saturday.

Tim Hunter fait preuve de patience, et récolte les fruits

Photo: Darryl Dyck, The canadian Press
Tim Hunter

The Calgary native appeared to be playing the right notes with two of its youngest players. A few days after Hunter had publicly criticized Alexis Lafrenière, 17, and Joe Veleno, 18 years old, the duo came to the fore in the victory at 5-1, Saturday. Lafreniere scored his first goal of the tournament and Veleno has obtained a pass.

“This is a learning process, said Hunter. We communicate with them. We are frank and honest with them, we treat them as men, and they make it well. “

Lafrenière, a striker of Oceanic, has mentioned that about Hunter were justified.

We are frank and honest with them, we treat them as men, and they make it well

— Tim Hunter

“It is a very good coach, he said. When you do something wrong, he told you to. And when you do something good, he will tell you also. I think it is very honest, which is really nice for the players. “

Hunter played 815 games in the NHL, including 545 with the Calgary Flames.

Defender Ian Mitchell grew up in St. Albert, a suburb of Edmonton. He knows that his coach has taken part in many battles of Alberta, including a fight to remember with former Oiler Dave Semenko. “It’s pretty cool to have a well-known player of the national League as a coach,” said Mitchell.

As he approached the end of his career, Hunter began to think of becoming a coach during the last four or five years.

He began as an assistant to his mentor, Ron Wilson, following the Washington Capitals to San Jose Sharks, and then to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In 2014, Hunter was named the head coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors in the Western League, a position he still occupies.

Hunter has learned a lot about communication with Pat Quinn, his coach with the Vancouver Canucks, in the early 1990s. It has not always happened like clockwork, however. He remembers a game at Winnipeg, where the Canucks have been pathetic in the first twenty, triggering the wrath of Quinn, at the first intermission.

“Pat comes in and it swings the five-gallon bucket of Gatorade as if it was nothing. Our reaction was : “Ohhhhhhh !” And there, it gives a kick to a big trash bin, which does not move.

“And then he leaves the room and does not return. I was a little stunned. Then, I go to the side of the bin, and I see that it is half full of cement. “

Years later, Hunter has learned that Quinn had failed to break a toe with this garbage. It does not intend to imitate the gesture.

“You need to shake the cabin from time to time, but I make sure not to give a kick into a trash can full of cement. “

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