Where are the coaches in all this? They are outside the lines in this stalemate, but that has hardly barred them from generating headlines and human-interest stories of late.
At least a handful of NHL skippers have handled the lockout in the best, most logical way possible. Boston’s Claude Julien, Philadelphia’s Peter Laviolette, St. Louis’ Ken Hitchcock and Winnipeg’s Claude Noel have all been among those spotted lending their tutelage to local youth or high school teams.
Other foremen have taken an extra breather from the rink and let their followers in on their outside interests, which have inevitably garnered more attention due to a dearth of on-ice news.
Whether it pertains to another sport, a change of pace in the entire staff’s regimen or a getaway, here are 10 NHL coaches warding off tediousness in a unique manner.