Do you ever wonder how Dustin Byfuglien went from a lumbering nobody to a threat with good hands and a potent shot? Ever wonder how a little known Kris Versteeg figured out ways to navigate through the ice and make plays offensively? Ever wonder how Brent Sopel became a critical part of the cup run in 2010 after being a ghost in the 2008-09 season? Still wondering who the first man Jonathan Toews hugged before he went to accept his Conn Smythe award?
Look no further.
Paul Vincent (pictured above with his wife Gayle, following the 2010 Stanley Cup victory) is the former special skills coach for the Hawks, and boy do they need him right now.
For the last five decades this man has coached kids at all levels and is the finest power skating and skills instructor in North America.
Vincent was part of the Hawks' organization for three seasons, but now he is no longer with the club. For a team with a lot of young prospects in the system and some current roster players that need fine tuning, no one can get the team where they need to go better than PV.
Take for example all of those concerned with Patrick Kane's face-off ability. If you give him time it the dot with Vincent, this could get its due attention.
In football, a quarterback's coach is valued. In baseball it is important to have a hitting and pitching coach. It is time for the NHL to value skills coaches. If the Hawks don't give PV a call, someone else will.
A family man, a guru in the game of hockey, and a coach who knows how motivate and work with different personalities, it is astonishing that the Hawks did not make a point to keep Vincent on their payroll.
Hey Stan, start dialing.