ST. PAUL, Minn. -- When Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle isn’t playing the way he’s supposed to, he knows he’s going to hear it from his coach.
That coach? His dad, Chuck, sitting on his couch back home in East Weymouth, Mass.
"He was my coach every team I played for up until high school," Coyle said. "Even now, he’s still my coach. I talk to him after every game. He likes to keep his distance and let me do my thing, but he likes to pitch in and I like it when he does. He knows the game, he watches every game and he sees what I’m doing out there. He helps me a lot."
When Coyle is at his best, he plays a grinding, physical style that suits his 6-foot-3 frame. That’s not to say he isn’t skilled. His goal on Jan. 27 against the Edmonton Oilers, when he raced down the left wall, around a defenseman and past the goaltender, only to reach back and tuck it inside the post from behind the net is one of the impressive goals scored all season.
But it all starts with physicality. If he’s using his body, the rest seems to fall into place.
"For some reason, when I do that, I just get engaged in the game," Coyle said. "Everything picks up after that."