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Willie Desjardins receives endorsement as 'great motivator'

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There are a handful of head coaching vacancies in the NHL. The Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes and Vancouver Canucks are all in need of a new coach, and while they may all have their own candidates in mind there is another man who received a great endorsement.

Dallas Stars forward Vern Fiddler had some very positive words for his former bench boss from the AHL’s Texas Stars, calling him a “great motivator” and showing that he is someone players in the NHL could rally around.

He’s a great motivator and he knows how to find the best in every player — that’s why he’s been so successful,” Fiddler told The Province.

“One of the biggest things I noticed is that he really cares about everybody and he knows that everybody is different. I was in the league for six or seven years and he still found a way to get more out of you. Even as an assistant coach, he was a guy who would push you to different levels and I definitely found that guys respected him for that.”

Whether or not that endorsement leads to Desjardins receiving an opportunity in the pros remains to be seen, but it certainly can’t hurt his chances.

 

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