NHL.com periodically will be doing a series called "Five Questions With ...," a Q&A with some of the key movers and shakers in the game today, aimed at gaining some insight into their lives and careers.
This edition features Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi:
Winning the Stanley Cup certainly hasn't mellowed Dean Lombardi.
For nearly 45 minutes Tuesday afternoon, Lombardi, who was asked only five questions during the entire interview, discussed with passion various topics. He barely took time to catch his breath.
He talked about his research into the histories of how teams fare in the season after they win a championship. Lombardi discussed his hands-off approach with Kings coach Darryl Sutter, his own emotions both before and during games, what he perceives to be the hardest part about being a general manager in the NHL today, and what he's learned from his father-in-law, Hall of Fame player and coach Bob Pulford.
Lombardi, always talkative and never lacking an analogy, compared Sutter to Stonewall Jackson, the Kings of today to the San Francisco 49ers of the 1980s, and, on several occasions, reaffirmed his belief in what he learned from Lou Lamoriello and Bobby Clarke when he was a young general manager.