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Continued: Chip Scoggins: Roy stays mellow as his stars mature

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 20, 2014 - 9:41 PM

That success stems from the culture that Roy has created and his ability to connect with his players in a way that established instant credibility. Roy describes their relationship as a “partnership,” even though he won four Stanley Cup titles and played his position as well as anyone in NHL history.

“He showed the players respect right from the start,” said Hall of Famer Joe Sakic, the team’s vice president of hockey operations.

Roy coached a Canadian junior team for eight seasons before being hired by his former employer. His style meshes perfectly with a nucleus of young players blessed with top-end skill.

His team plays Lamborghini fast and ranks among the league’s best in scoring. Roy demands accountability on defense too, but he has not stifled the Avs’ youthful exuberance.

“I think he knows that the reason why we have such a talented group is because of our creativity and the way we can make plays and see plays out there,” Landeskog said. “He would never take that away from us. He still has his systems, but we do get some freedom, which I think is important for a young group like this and a skilled group.”

Defenseman Erik Johnson described Roy as an “innovator” for his willingness to try new ideas. Winger Jamie McGinn said his coach “definitely thinks outside the box.”

As a player, Roy was known for being fiercely competitive. That hasn’t changed. He’s also demonstrated a deft touch as a coach.

“He takes a different approach than a lot of guys, I’m sure,” Barrie said. “He’s been a great leader for us as you can see with our record. He’s done wonders for this team. It’s a lot of fun to play for him.”

 

Chip Scoggins • ascoggins@startribune.com

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