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Five Questions With…

Five Questions: Hartley set for challenges in Calgary

Sunday, 10.21.2012 / 9:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com will periodically 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 Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley:

One thing for certain is the Calgary Flames hired a coach over the summer who knows what winning feels like. That's step one for a team that hasn't made the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2009.

Bob Hartley has four championship rings with four different teams in four different leagues.

Hartley's crowning achievement was winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, but he also led Laval to a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title in 1993, the Hershey Bears to the Calder Cup in 1997, and last season went to Switzerland to guide the Zurich Lions to the Swiss National League A title.

"Coaching NHL hockey, it's quite a privilege. I worked eight years in a factory and now I have nine years coaching the world's greatest hockey players, and I don't think you can shut the door on that." -- Bob Hartley

Oh yeah, Hartley also won four straight Northwest Division titles with the Avalanche from 1999-2002 and led the Atlanta Thrashers to the Southeast Division title and their lone playoff appearance in 2007.

Hartley is a winner, and his goal is to bring a championship to Calgary.

Before he gets that chance, he spoke with NHL.com to talk about why he went to Zurich and what he learned there, his coaching style, his desire to be back in the NHL and the challenge ahead of him with the Flames.

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Five Questions: Rutherford on life with one franchise

Thursday, 10.18.2012 / 10:40 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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 to gain some insight into their lives and careers.

This edition features Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford:

Only Lou Lamoriello can say he's seen more games as the general manager of his franchise than Jim Rutherford has with his.

Rutherford arrived in North Carolina with the Hurricanes in 1997, three years after he took over as the president, GM and part owner of the franchise when it was known as the Hartford Whalers. He has been Carolina's steady hand ever since.

Rutherford has overseen the evolution of the Hurricanes from an infant in a non-traditional hockey market, playing its home games 90 minutes away from the center of its fan base in Greensboro, N.C., to a thriving, Stanley Cup-winning franchise located in the state's capital city, boasting a strong following and an abundance of young, talented, marketable players.

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Five Questions: Lombardi talks Cup win and beyond

Thursday, 10.11.2012 / 9:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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.

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Five Questions: Coach Q on coaching ups and downs

Tuesday, 10.09.2012 / 10:47 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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 Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville:

Joel Quenneville has two Stanley Cup championship rings separated by 14 years. In between winning the jewelry as an assistant with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, Quenneville won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the St. Louis Blues.

The rings and the coach of the year award highlight Quenneville's nearly two-decade career behind the bench in the NHL, but further evidence of his longevity comes in the form of various other numbers.

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Five Questions: Yzerman on life as Lightning GM

Sunday, 10.07.2012 / 9:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com will periodically be doing a series called "Five Questions With…," a Q&A with some of the key movers and shakers in the game today aimed to gain some insight into their lives and careers.

This edition features Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman:

When Steve Yzerman decided to trade in his stick and skates for a briefcase and dress shoes, he did so with an eye on consistently feeding the competitive spirit that drove him to play 22 Hall of Fame seasons for the Detroit Red Wings.

Six years later, Yzerman has won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Red Wings' front office, guided Canada to an Olympic gold medal in Canada as the team's executive director -- and now he's in the process of rebuilding the brand of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Five Questions: DeBoer discusses first season in NJ

Thursday, 10.04.2012 / 3:37 PM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com will periodically 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 New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer.

New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer is quiet, yet intensely competitive; unassuming, yet supremely confident.

This is a coach who never lost faith in himself or his philosophy after three failed seasons with the Florida Panthers; a coach whose systems and beliefs helped change the reputation of the New Jersey Devils last season to that of a team ferocious in its forecheck and fearless in its pursuit of the puck.

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Five Questions: Hitch on perspective, today's players

Monday, 10.01.2012 / 10:23 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com will periodically 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 St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.

With a Stanley Cup ring on his finger, a Jack Adams Award on his mantle, and more than 500 wins in his pocket, Ken Hitchcock is one of the more confident and cerebral bench bosses in the National Hockey League.

Hitchcock, 60, is also a Civil War buff and a huge fan of -- wait for it -- Palladia TV.

Somehow Hitchcock has been able to mix his love affair with battlefields and history, hockey and pop music to remain one of the top coaches in the game and a leader in how to talk and relate to the current generation of NHL players.

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Five Questions: Carlyle talks influences, scrutiny

Tuesday, 09.25.2012 / 9:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"At the time when you were a player, you didn't appreciate some of the things the coaches did at that time. But when you're wearing a different hat, you recognize why they did it and how there was a method to their madness."
-- Randy Carlyle

NHL.com will periodically 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 Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle:

Randy Carlyle won the Norris Trophy in 1981. It was the highlight in a 17-year playing career that earned Carlyle the reputation as a fiery, tough-as-nails, in-your-face blueliner.

He started his playing career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, had his most successful seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and closed out his run with nearly a decade of memorable seasons in Winnipeg, a city that remained home to Carlyle and his family well after he retired.

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Five Questions: Babcock dishes on greatest team

Friday, 09.21.2012 / 3:05 PM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"... the reason I think the game is so special is the people in the game are spectacular. The players are working so hard to become the best they can be, and that to me is what is exciting about the game. I just love to be around it."
-- Mike Babcock

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 to gain some insight into their lives and careers.

The first installment features Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock:

Detroit coach Mike Babcock once was a star defenseman for McGill University, but his playing career fizzled out after a quick stint as a player/coach for the Whitley Warriors in England. In the following Q&A, Babcock claims to have fallen accidentally into a life in coaching, one that has led him to success at every level.

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It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

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