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National Hockey League's certainly is restructuring at least in the coaching ranks as three NHL. Oh head coaches have been fired for their unacceptable conduct. The Dallas Stars fired coach. Jim Montgomery citing unprofessional conduct as the reason for his dismissal he he is a second. NHL Coach to be fired for inappropriate. Behavior and Calgary coach. Bill Peters resigned after former player allege that Peter's use racial slurs in the locker room something that Peters later admitted to be true and Peters was also accused of physically abusing players while coaching with the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto's Mike Babcock was like Oh after allegations of his conduct with players Peterson. Montgomery's firings come after National Hockey League. Commissioner Gary Bettman Edmund Outline new policies to crack down on misconduct particularly from coaches across the league and Bret Hedican who played seventeen years in the National Channel Hockey League with Saint Louis Vancouver Florida Carolina Anaheim as joined us here on sports byline. He won a Stanley Cup championship with the hurricane. It was a two time. US A lesbian. Now he's a broadcaster for the San Jose Sharks breadth first of all motivation and intimidation. Certainly has been a part of all sports but particularly pro sports. Put this into perspective when it comes to hockey. Well I guess the the perspective would be his. I think there's a right when it treats somebody in a wrong way and I don't think that really Changes in any environment whether you're in a work environment or in professional sports now when you're into professional sports there's a little bit different sort of ways of motivating player to do things that maybe they didn't think they were capable of doing and so driving them to believe something that they don't even believe themselves sometimes. Is the art of coaching right. I mean that's ultimately what you see from at least what I saw you know personally from some of the best coaches I had and you know in two seventeen seasons of playing there ain't shall I had I you know I can. I can probably say three excellent coaches. That really moved me and change me and matter of fact. All three of those coaches helped me play in the Stanley Cup finals. And obviously one the one with Carolina with Peter Lobby lead. Who you know? Obviously there was talk about him In something that he did accidentally they're only fired up on the bench so And so things were kind of coming down on him the last few weeks but people lobby lead had. I've never seen him do anything inappropriate. My point would be. Is You know. These coaches are walking the line of trying to get the most out of their players and I just feel like the guys that really moved me where the guys that you know talking as a man. Treat me with respect the treaty. Not Me like a man as well and through that process. There's always going to be you know ups and downs in that and That that's just professional. Sports is all about bread. One of the things. I've you and correct me if you think I'm wrong about this and it's not an excuse for what has been done by. These coaches are alleged to have been done. But I think it's a generational thing. Take me back to when you were playing youth hockey and and going up through the ranks and getting to the National Hockey League. was there a consistency as to how you coach player in hockey Yeah they were pretty consistent in my youth I would say you know. A lot of the coaches I had Most of them were volunteer. I mean throughout my young young rice and You know from ten to twenty let's say Other than college when you get from that eighteen to twenty one when I was at Saint Cloud State You know coach that I had. There was Craig Doll and he never played hockey. He you know he was a football player but was lucky enough to kind of you get hired by her books who won the nineteen eighty Gold medal with that team was coached during the miracle on ice if you will and learned everything thing to her and so as I had him as a coach my very first really serious coach if you will He was somebody that didn't wasn't really Korea timid in fact that he was just really something that learned all the tools to be hockey coach through her books. Essentially but as I got older and as I went through that and I've been to the Olympic. What the team in professional sports you know? I had interesting characters. Let me tell you I mean my Tina very interesting well-known guy that plays mind games on players. And you you know I think I got to a point with him at some point where I really. He broke me. I think in Vancouver and my first time I had him. I actually had like twice first time and Dan and then the next time I had Florida three years later which was ironic. Because when he treated me I looked at him as he pulled me off the ice and ah or pulled out of the locker room and said hey bro made a trade we trade the Florida Panthers and I remember looking at him and saying no. This never happen again. Nobody will ever control my brain again. Yeah and that was the moment that I said but I'm going to start doing more mental left. So is it a generational thing I guess is the thing I'm near. You WanNa tell you I I think what kids think that things are gonNA come easy to them today and maybe things are handed to them. Maybe a little easier or the fact that you know you have this idea of. We're they gotTA participation trophy instead of winning and losing You know that's another thing to think about. But I think three years later when I had my again I had done thousands of mental wrecks and you know ultimately couldn't affect me like you did the first time around but It's interesting to watch. All this progression is happening into these ethics. Yeah I think another thing that I think there was a time where coaches would ask in now most any sport particularly football and hockey as well. Hey Go ahead and run and through that wall for me. Nowadays a kid is going to say probably because he's making better money coach. I've gotTa talk to my agent. I or if I do dad I'm going to hurt myself and I think that's one of the differences. It was the coaches had complete authority in kids And players would do whatever the coaches said. Am I correct in that observation. Jason too yeah. I think I mean other kids. You know anyone challenge our making more money earlier on and and you're right sometimes it just say I'm not going to do that but again I think that lies the responsibility and the coach to try to continue to coach continue to find ways of motivating players. But I think the one thing that we forget about sometimes is having fun and I know with all the money on the line and all the things that we see in professional sports today and the competitiveness headedness of it. A coach still has to find a way to have his players. Love what they do and I think that's a real art to in coaching as well as I think. A lot of coaches they they have the pressure of potentially being fired. You're seeing coaches that we do. You mentioned at the start getting fired for misconduct. And whatever so you know. These coaches are under extreme pressure. So how are they supposed to be easy and how they supposed to have fun there in that locker room every day and I think that's a real hard challenge for or for all coaches today your coach for the San Jose Sharks. Peter deboer had a very interesting quote he said players have had an evolution. So I'll have coaches and so has management and Jeremy Roenick said these are different times and coaches like everyone else. Society needs to be held accountable for what they do or say to players. He said the behavior rules need to be put into writing. And I think that's important and that's what the National Hockey League is trying to do. The League has gotten together. The commissioner has said they're going to come up with a away conduct will have to be committed by the coaches. I think that's a good idea to you. Need due to someone set standard that we all know as a standard of excellence within coaching within the League of the NHL and and make. Let's make sure that we all are. It's it's a privilege to be obviously a player in this game. It's also a privilege to be a coach and so with that privilege comes an expectation and standard of excellence. And so I think that's a great idea. What do you think has been the major affect on today's professional athlete professional hockey player? That is different than when you started in the game and played Seventeen years in the national hockey league the expectations around what would exactly maybe explain as well. I mean if you think about coming into the league and you you were a youngster at that particular time but somebody coming in into the League today. the expectations and the way to motivate them the way to get the most out of them as a player. What's the difference For when you came in and when a player comes in today I came into the League in ninety two ninety three and it was still still old school. It was it was the game was obviously a lot rougher if you will there's more fighting going on the game I think the coaches back when I first I started in the NHL or a little more braces on how they dealt with players You know what I see today. Sometimes I see a fragile player. You know players that don't have the mental reps and I and I always equate it to if you're gonNA walk into the room for the very first day and do a physical meaning arm curl. That's one rep do one. And how many do that's two reps and then you know by the end of the first year you're able to lift a little more. Awaits me when you started. I feel like the mental rats. A player needs to do should be equal one to one so every physical you do. You should somehow find time to do some mental reps and I find like Athens today. I don't know if they do a lot of the mental training is is I think some. Do I think a lot. Don't and I think when you get faced with adversity Not adversely gets. It's the best to you and I think today's out. They gotta get better at it and you're seeing sometimes players. That don't perform the way I think they should because those mental. That's just aren't there over the years we've always talked about the effect that money has on the professional athletes and their motivation in hockey. I've always considered consider the hockey player to be the blue-collar athlete of Professional Sports. There articulate their inciteful. They love the game that they play and everything but has there been an effect on on the athlete their expectations and the way you may be able to interact with them because of the money. They're making yes I think so. You know we've we've had some players as you know even for San Jose that can sometimes you know difficult to do interviews with Yasser before Jayme or even after the game. Sometimes those things get hard You know I think when things are going well some of those athletes will step up to the Mike and and that's all the questions that you know people throw them and then when things don't go well you you know. Sometimes they're they're Outta the locker room very quickly they take a shower and they're gone right and I think part of the money that these players get today comes responsibility as well to be able to face the media when things go out but also face the media when things don't go well And it's very difficult because social media. I I wouldn't say it's hard for the players to associated with today. Things get blown out of proportion. Sometimes you have to watch every little thing that you say So the pressure on the athlete to always be on and and then obviously not let their emotions get to them when they're doing an interview after a tough loss or a tough play in a in a report often a difficult question to answer about maybe their performance performance Then it gets put him at goes viral and say you know. These are pressures that the athlete has as well. So this is a I think. We're going into new generation soon. We're going into new mediums of video and it's putting a lot more pressure on the athletes and And people like me in the media you you know I was just interviewing an author of a book about Sidney Crosby and the essence of that book was about how the speed that he played it the type of player that he wasn't really changed the gain gain. There was the Arab before Sydney and the era after Sydney. When you take a look at the game where it's going and how it's being played today? What do you see as the major differences? Well I think the speed is is one hundred percent key. I think when you look at the top players in the NHL and I played That hasn't changed too much. I mean I think maybe a little. It'll be faster. We'll see your top six folds And your top defenceman but you know the second six. I call it your third and fourth line players today. are just as fast as the first and second line players but the only thing the only difference between the first and second line players in the third and Portland skill level And sometimes his body type So you're seeing the speed of the game is pretty consistent throughout the four lines today versus when I play you got a big drop off between the first and second line versus the third four times. Yeah one of the things that Peter also said he says. I think there's an evolution on all fronts fronts in hockey with these revelations that we've been talking about from the coaching standpoint. Is everybody going to maybe think about what they say before they say particularly coaches coach is going forward because it's a new world in a sense. Yeah I think it has changed. I think that day that was let go. And then they'll oh. Peterson came out And now Jim Montgomery I think thing has things have changed for probably is obviously for the better..