The Return of the Greats

greats_fullPatrick Roy. Mario Lemieux. Steve Yzerman. Chris Chelios. Brett Hull. Wayne Gretzky. What do these talented NHL players have in common?  Aside from their love of hockey, they are finding ways to return to the NHL and impart their invaluable knowledge and skills onto today’s hockey players.

 

Some have become General Manager, Executive Advisor, and Executive Vice President over business development, while others bought entire franchises (even two… cheers Lemieux!).

Then we come to Colorado Avalanche Head Coach Patrick Roy. Arguably one of the best goaltenders of all time, players and staff tend to listen to a four time Stanley Cup and three time Conn Smythe Trophy winner. Bringing such talent to an organization not only leads the team to the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup but it also extends a players career post hockey. Learning to be a team player and finding confidence in a highly competitive environment are just a few of the life lessons being taught and rooted in the NHL players of today and it’s all thanks to the return of the greats. Currently in second place in their division, the Tampa Bay Lighting’s GM Steve Yzerman has “transformed the team, establishing it as one of the league’s model franchises for drafting and developing players.”

How many more greats will we see make a return to the NHL either as general managers or coaches, we will have to wait and see but it’s clear that their presence is proving to be an asset to the players and the fans.

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