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02-23-2012, 01:07 PM
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I'm throwing this stuff in Dick Irvin's Bio too, but this is a good place to dump this as well:

In The Flying Frenchmen by Maurice Richard and Stan Fischler, Dick Irvin's beginnings in coaching and in many ways a bit of his style are described:

It is not generally known that Dick patterned himself off after the legendary Knute Rockne, whom he accidentally met when Rockne was coaching football at Notre Dame...

Knute was suffering from a leg infection that fall. He was so crippled by phlebitis that he couldn't walk, and he sat in a car near one of the sidelines directing the practice through a loudspeaker. He had a brusque and commanding voice and was a great believer in discipline. He was also a stickler for perfection and was a man of infinite patience, but he could laugh too.

Veteran critics of the Canadiens later detected the similarity in the styles of Rockne and Irvin...."Rockne had the ability to catch up a general truth in a brief phrase," said Montral Gazette columnist Dick Carroll, "and Irvin could do the same thing."

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