Dale Hunter's advice to Patrick Roy, from one junior coach to another
Patrick Roy is a successful coach, GM and owner at the junior level and one of his former NHL teams has a coaching vacancy. Sounds just like Dale Hunter. The now former Caps coach offers up some advice to Roy.
|Roy's name pops up often when talking about the Habs' position. (Getty Images)|
Since he ended his playing career he has taken over as the coach, general manager and co-owner of the Quebec Remparts, a member of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in Quebec City. His coaching career began with a bang as the Remparts won the Memorial Cup -- given to the top CHL team -- in 2005. For the most part, his foray into the coaching/management side of things has been successful.
That's led to a lot of speculation that Roy could be the next coach for the Canadiens. He speaks French, he was a Canadien himself, even if it ended poorly. He has shown he can succeed. Basically, there are a lot of aspects that make him appealing to his former team.
In other words, he is what Dale Hunter was to the Washington Capitals back in November.
Hunter, the successful coach and owner of the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League, was a star for the Capitals. When they had the coaching position come open he took the job. But he decided that it wasn't quite for him and he has returned to his Knights, who are representing the OHL in the Memorial Cup at the moment.
So he has some advice he can offer up to Roy if he's still considering a move to the NHL.
"Patrick has to do what's best for him and his family," Hunter told the Globe and Mail. "It's a challenge, but it's a lot of fun. It's the top league in the world. It's fun coaching elite players. If you're ready to make the commitment, you should go."
Hunter knows the pros and cons of making the move. Like every decision you make, Hunter suggests Roy really contemplate the good and bad of what his decision would entail.
"You have to weigh both sides of it," Hunter said. "I weighed the other way and that's why I'm back here.
"It was a tough decision, but I thought it over and I think it was the right decision to come back home."
Of course, before Roy can even begin to contemplate the scenario, he has to be in conversation with the Canadiens. The last reports didn't have his name on the list of candidates new Montreal GM Marc Bergevin was going to reach out to first.
But most believe Roy will be presented with the opportunity sooner or later in the NHL, especially if Quebec City is fortunate enough in its attempts to get a franchise back in town. So it's interesting to see some advice from a guy who has been there, done that in Hunter.
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