Congratulations! Well deserved.
Now … What have you done lately?
Ken Hitchcock, who was announced in Edmonton on Wednesday morning, was selected as the Hockey Order Recipient in Canada.
Ever since Edmonton's native and former roller sharpener in the United Cycle, he retired to take over the Oilera coach, a man's celebration that almost everyone in the city simply refers to Hitch.
And there will be more celebrations that will take place after his arrival here this summer.
Hitchcock, whose third biggest victory in the history of the NHL coach, is the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame and other important marks.
But Thursday is January 31st, the day when Oileri returns from a 10-day break, and it's really about what you've done to us lately?
"I agree with it," Hitchcock said in the afternoon that he had completed a significant plan to transform his 23-24-3 Oilers into significantly more important concepts and approach at head angle, knowing the mercenary wage constraint left by dismissed General Director Peter Chiarelli that the cavalry would not come out of trading .
“I didn't want a suit suit today. I wanted to be in my office doing my job. So they said, "Come on for 10 minutes. Put on the suit. And go back to work. And I did that, ”he said at a Hockey Canadian press conference in Rogers Place.
“My whole focus today is Edmonton Oileri. I know I haven't been here for a long time, but I feel everything that has been in the last 12 or 13 years, and my only focus is on. ”
Hitchcock is not going to bypass the plan to determine what is clearly divided by the last three losses before the break and most of the nights that started at Christmas.
After the 9-2-2 start, returning from retirement to make himself a sensational story around the NHL, Hitchcock ends up in the final 32 games with 14-14-2 records.
There are 32 games that need to be in place, and where Oilers are now placed, they may need another stage 9-2-2 somewhere to come out of speed to capture the final wildcard exclusion spot at the Western Conference.
"One of the things you can say is" holiday spending on holidays. He spent his holidays to reflect and anticipate changes in staff, to expect style change and to expect a more aggressive way of thinking.
"I think it's real."
All the reflections on how he / she leads the coach who will return from the break will have to show the players when they return from their time. Practice on Thursday and 9:00 on Friday before flying to Philadelphia and Montreal for afternoon games on Saturdays and Sundays.
"You might also say," He asked for other opinions outside the organization and that he went to every rock he could. "
“I don't think I'm the smartest guy. I wanted the people with whom I believed to give my opinion and they did it, ”added Hitchcock.
And again, without revealing the project, I asked what the fan would expect him not to witness for this point?
“I think the only way to win the National Hockey League today is to take the offensive zone. So we have to find more ways to take offensive zone. How fast can we get to this area and save it in this area. That's all we're trying to do.
“It's based on my 30 observation games. I'm trying to change the belief system. I'm trying to raise the belief system.
"All this was done by carefully evaluating the rest of the team – veteran players, leaders, everything. It was done with a lot of work that many people suggested. We're just not on weekends.
“For me, when you hesitate to lose. I'm trying to get rid of all the hesitation. ”
For me it is about winning small battles and small competitions. When these Oilers do, they win. When they don't, they lose.
"You're 100 percent right," said Hitchcock. "At the end of the day you can write, you will tell Edmonton Oil in the next 32 games."
I asked the new member of the Canadian Hockey Order how he compared what he posted in this hockey club compared to what he had posted in his hockey career.
“I have dug deeper than I have ever been in any situation because it all means to me. You know how I feel about this city and you know how I feel about this team. That means everything to me. ”