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12-04-2012, 03:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Faidh ar Rud Eigin View Post
I don't know where people are getting this idea that one coach decides which defensive parings go out and and the head coach decides the forwards. Where is this coming from? This isn't how any coaching system works in hockey. The head coach has absolute authority.
This makes me feel like you have never played hockey before. Typically the head coach will set up the lines and pick the starters, choose which PP/PK unit to go out, but when it comes to regular shifts the defensive coach (usually the assistant) picks which pairing goes out and often tries to match up his units against the other teams forward units. He is the one who determines how much even strength ice time the defensive pairings get. Only if its the end of the game or if a player needs benching does the head coach overstep the defensive coach

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