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06-28-2010, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey View Post

This veteran lockerroom character thing is overplayed. The character can come from anyone in the lockerroom. It doesn't need to be a 35 year old veteran. It can come from 21-22-23 year old just as easily.
No it can't and it doesn't. Believe me, it's true in the NHL and it was true when I managed in the minor leagues. It's an important piece of building any hockey club. It's why teams always look for veterans at the trade deadline. It's why Chicago signed John Madden last year and the Coyotes signed Adrian Aucoin and Robert Lang. Coaches can't police the locker room, that's up to the team leaders. And asking a 21-22-23 year old to fill that role is very uncommon and almost always comes with a boatload of veteran support.

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