Cincinnati, Chuck, Hockey discussed on Lance McAlister
Presented by Chelsea. I'm Lance McAlister thanks for hanging out and tagging along tonight the theme in this half hour ten years ago, tonight cyclones hoist the Kelly Cup and completely a magical run through the postseason. Our next guest guided the Cincinnati Cyclones's Kelly cups in his four seasons one hundred and seventy seven regular season Wins forty-five playoff wins. It is a pleasure to welcome in former head coach of the Cincinnati Cyclones Chuck. Weber coach Lance McAlister. How. Are You doing great? Glad great to hear. It is great. Oh, everything is fantastic. I'm so excited to talk with you. When I found out that John said you were going to be able to join me I, wonder if you think back ten years ago tonight, the the sense of pride and accomplishment in how magical that run was just just an amazing run, wasn't it? It was yeah, especially with the fifth seed in. In the playoffs, it wasn't like the year in a way were basically the the leader right out of the gate to the finish line and you know. We went through so much adversity I think we went through styles, forty five players during the regular season and with everything else going on, and you know we again. We were achieved one every what I hammered and Even game, and the first two rounds send put ourselves down three nothing against writing and and then came back, and then quick turnaround flute up Boise Idaho. That with four games to. That was that was the easiest of all the series? Take me back to the conference finals, and you delivered a speech. The just win a period speech. Tell me about that, yeah! I don't really think it was so much. The speeches guys were in a good spot and it was it was. We had nothing to lose We were down over three. You know we were in every game didn't get a bounce here. Bounce there and it was kind of weird, because reading was actually we're the Fitzy, but reading was the sixers seven they upset a couple of higher seats as well and We went down and you know I. Think just you know. Our energy levels the first. To catch up with us a little bit. sinker Demayo happen. Motif heard the urban legend is true. Our boys got. And we had three. We had three days off. or fear forties off. Actually Bon Jovi was using writings arenas to check. It was the Chris System so we played three games and then we've had. It was like four days off so Cinco de Maya. The boys were like Hey, one glasser Dan, or have a couple of drinks I'm like that's fine. And they came in the next day. Reeking of like Ben. Gay Big Red trying to hide it. And everything else. Fortunately our guys out there, guys. and. We started chipping away. Yeah I just I. You know, 'cause a couple of people that car. You're going to be mad. You know they're out drinking. It's the conference finals and guys were down three Datsun and A big speech or getting be angry. Pull pulled Lombardi or something like that. It's not gonNA work and. Guys you know and it was like we need to win a period. You know we're not GONNA win four games in the first minute of game for a period I. Think Tamil told me I think the remaining twelve periods. We were ten or to. kind of saying that we just started chipping away a couple of tough lineup. Decisions some guy. It just wasn't working for you. Especially, one of our guys so I sat him, and that was kind of I. Think the guys in the locker room, or she's one of our leading scores and guys like Oh. Wow, chuck's really well. You know this you know, sit. Scores to try to win this and get whatever it takes, and he actually sat all four games that we came back. Played All five games in the finals and I think he's their second or third. The scoring the whole playoffs leading miss those those are the forget, and we had a couple of hard talks and early on, and it just wasn't working is like. Hey, you're not going tonight game four. He's just looked at me and I was like Yep. And then game five can okay. I'm like no, you're not going to either. then. He realized he wasn't playing the rest of the series. He came out the after Game Seventies. Okay, I understand. And you know if you're free, if you if you need me game one I'm like. Yeah, you're playing a game on. Well, you know. All went from there, Chuck. What did it mean you win it on home ice in front of thirteen, thousand, four, hundred, eighty three. What did it mean to do it there and and your sense of what it meant to the fans that? Oh it was. It was unbelievable, especially going through it just two years earlier in two thousand, eight, seeing the crowds, and you know the and stuff that we had had for that for that round against Vegas. and. Huge crowd come in, and I think it was like one of the things. We had some great crowds during the regular season. You Know Ray. Ray Harris our owner and kristen. The whole front office had done a great job. You know and and and John has done great with you know promoting the team through his you with with him with his job and It was just like one of those they just kept pouring in. People just kept pouring in pouring in and especially when we went up what late when Brett Robinson took the shot in everyone starts chanting. We want the cup, and then it started going. We want the cup again, You you've been in many different cities over the years. Is it fair to say that? The city of Cincinnati holds a very special place in your art it does you know my first head coaching job you know woman have a lot of hockey over those four years. You know I think a lot of pride in the standpoint. We went from my first year in two thousand six didn't have a player. You know new franchise. We just starting up again. you know we had the brand name, but we didn't have the team yet. You know so, you know when when ray brought me in. That first year we lost in the division finals. Then we win it. We lose the conference finals and we win. It again and then Jeez. You know three of the next four coaches fall played for me. You Know Jerry. Skull the. In place for me and Orlando Matt McDonald won a championship with me eight and they're in great hands now with Mattie Thomas Coach against Mattie for decades and You know so just the point that the team has been so successful now over. The Fourteen fifteen year stretch I think they've only made me miss the playoffs one year. Or two years and you know to win a couple and you know I think if you're GONNA look down. The history of Cincinnati Sport is probably one of the most successful runs here over a decade and a half in Cincinnati. History Chuck I got about a minute update listeners. What what are you up to these days? Where are you these days I in coaching? College hockey now I'm at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute so for the hockey fans. It's an ECAC school. famous for guys like Adam oates. Mike mcphee. Joey Juneau their. PUPA those guys we've had about fifty or sixty? NHL players come through our doors. This is your to from the college hockey working with a guy by the name of Dave Smith WHO's the head coach here who has been a longtime friend I have a four year old now, so the yeah, the jumping around of Pro Nineteen years pro coaching, and just decided to change gears,.