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Roger Ronnberg - NHL capable coach?

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01-06-2012, 05:03 PM
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There is no specific reason why a Swedish coach couldn't have success in the NHL, but as others have pointed out, there are just too many North American coaches around looking for opportunities.

What's interesting about this is that GM's don't always like to pick former NHL players as coaches. There seems to be a stigma attached to it, like when actors try to become singers. Yet in the case of a European coach, I think they definitely would prefer someone they're more familiar with, such as a former NHLer.

Being as there is more willingness to award a captaincy to a European these days, it shows there has been something of a paradigm shift on that front, and sooner or later some of these guys that are more beloved than Ulf Samuelsson, will enter the coaching ranks and be given a shot.

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There is no specific reason why a Swedish coach couldn't have success in the NHL, but as others have pointed out, there are just too many North American coaches around looking for opportunities.

What's interesting about this is that GM's don't always like to pick former NHL players as coaches. There seems to be a stigma attached to it, like when actors try to become singers. Yet in the case of a European coach, I think they definitely would prefer someone they're more familiar with, such as a former NHLer.

Being as there is more willingness to award a captaincy to a European these days, it shows there has been something of a paradigm shift on that front, and sooner or later some of these guys that are more beloved than Ulf Samuelsson, will enter the coaching ranks and be given a shot.
Maybe NHL teams need to start using coach scouts in Europe. ;D There are some coaches with refreshing modern play books that I'd REALLY love to see in the NHL. Of course there's the big rink vs. small rink to take into account...

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The question is. Do the NHL-GM's and/or owner have prejudice against european coaches?

Like NFL and Premier League had/has against black coaches?

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Swedish experts could not say enough positive things about him and neither could the players. He is a Bylsma type of coach.

"He spreads joy and happiness to each player in the locker room"

you can just notice how emotional both him and the players were after they won the gold. Never seen a coach that has been so close with his players.

he is a great coach that will coach Tre Kronor in the future.

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This guy should be on an NHL coaching staff and Jarmo Kekalainen should be an NHL GM. Obviously there are people in Europe capable of running NHL teams. A great example is Masai Ujiri in the NBA, GM of the Denver Nuggets.

Teams should be scouting executives from elsewhere much like they scout players, would greatly help in improving teams IMO. It's obvious that having the ability to coach and manage hockey teams isn't an ability exclusive to North Americans.

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Roger Ronnberg coached like a boss! He took this team, which was not the gold favorite and implemented an excellent system and went undefeated on Canadian soil. He is also a very young coach, do you think he could become a NHL coach in the future?
I'd love to see the Leafs hire him just to see Don Cherry's head explode.

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The question is. Do the NHL-GM's and/or owner have prejudice against european coaches?

Like NFL and Premier League had/has against black coaches?
Lol.

I am not sure how a European trained coach would adapt to NHL hockey. Maybe if someone put in the time in the juniors, minors, etc.....

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If ralph kreuger can coach oilers with mostly euro experience, so why not. He must first get some meriths in mens hockey, or take an assistant in ahl to adapt to na hockey. I bet that Lidstrom or alfie will be the first swedish Nhl coach though, in 6-7 years if they intrested to do that.

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If ralph kreuger can coach oilers with mostly euro experience, so why not. He must first get some meriths in mens hockey, or take an assistant in ahl to adapt to na hockey. I bet that Lidstrom or alfie will be the first swedish Nhl coach though, in 6-7 years if they intrested to do that.
Lidström is back in Sweden to stay, so that chance is minimal.

I do not think Roger, or any European coach (unless they pick him from like, 3rd division, fat chance) will be willing to go through a year or 2 in AHL to possibly later coach in the NHL. Just do not see it happen unless they offer NHL salary. (What does NHL coaches earn anyways?)

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