10 NHL Coaches We All Want to Play for

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10 NHL Coaches We All Want to Play for
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Across the National Hockey League, teams are lead by coaches with a variety of styles and personalities as wide as the clubs they direct on the ice.  

Take two of the biggest hockey movies of the last 20 years for example.  In Miracle, the United States are lead by Herb Brooks, a tough-as-nails disciplinarian who demanded nothing but perfection from his players.  In contrast, The Mighty Ducks featured Gordon Bombay, an ex-minor leaguer turned lawyer who seemingly befriended his players, and in doing so, he transformed a last place youth hockey team into champions.   

No two coaches are the same, but many are referred to as "players' coaches," who are regarded for their ability to relate to their players, while being receptive of feedback from their troops.  Others, like famed Stanley Cup winning bench boss Mike Keenan, are about as cuddly as drill sergeants, and are known for riding their players tirelessly in an attempt to bring the best out of them.  

In recent years, with the influx of young talent entering the league each season, it's no surprise that many teams have put a premium on coaches whose strength is communication.  

With that in mind, here's a look at 10 NHL coaches who we'd all love to play for.  

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