No hockey player enjoys stretching. Is it important? Yes, but its not what they want to do.
Also think he may have been referring to leading the stretching. Lord knows he's not exactly a vocal leader and he's really shy, so leading a stretch probably isn't his thing, or as he put it, "not his cup of tea".
Don't mislead people. The "not my cup of tea" quote from Kessel was when Carlyle asked him to lead the stretches, not about the Sunday practice.
Wasnt trying to mislead anyone. He shouldn't be saying crap like that whether it is about leading the stretches or filling the water bottles.
Like it or not he is a leader on the team and wears an "a". That means he should be leading be example (since he's not the vocal type) and doing whatever the heck it is that the coaches ask. That includes leading some stretching or cleaning the toilets.
His attitude is not great. I'm glad he'll get 35 goals, but he puts in the smallest amount of effort to do it. What could he be if he tried?
I'm a shy person myself, so I can always relate to Kessel. Like Kessel, when I am in my realm, I shine, but personally I am pretty shy.
Just to give an example, I did quite well on a certain project for class once, and to help out the class my instructor volunteered me to lead the class and go over stuff that people were having trouble with. Now even though I was in front of friends and peers, and it was a small group (20-25 people) It was definitely not "my cup of tea".
Reminiscing on your past coach, and being so unenthusiastic.
“It’s going to be a lot harder . . . but it’s one day,”
“Obviously, I liked him (Wilson) a lot,”
“He’s a good coach and a great guy with me. He really supported me. I have nothing but good things (to say) … There’s a lot of pressure to be head coach here, and we were having a good season. It’s not his fault we went on that skid. It’s the players.”
“I don’t know, to tell you the truth. It’s been one day here,” Kessel said. “We’ll see how it goes.”