Stanley Cup Notebook
Red Wings are tightknit group
Posted: Tuesday June 16, 1998 07:52 PM
Draper: "One thing that has always been said about our team is that we have been very close." (AP)|
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ask the Detroit Red Wings why
they've been so successful, and "character" and "leadership" are usually in
most of their vocabularies.
emphasized another word Tuesday: "closeness."
"One thing that
has always been said about our team is that we have been very close,"
Draper said prior to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals with the Washington Capitals. "I
think the accident brought us closer."
Draper referred to the
automobile mishap after last year's Stanley Cup victory that left
Konstantinov and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov disabled.
"We always said we were playing for one another," Draper said, "and now
we're playing for two integral parts of our team. We use that as
Washington's Joe Juneau is a
center, but he might be described as an "Offwing." Actually, the Offwings
is the name of the rock band that he plays for when he isn't playing
Juneau is a drummer for the band that plays benefit
concerts and sells CDs to help the Cam Neely House and Children's Hospital
The multi-faceted Juneau also has a bachelor
degree in aeronautical engineering from RPI and is working toward his
master's in the field. The masters is slowly coming along, said Juneau.
"There's not too much time between hockey seasons," he said.
With over 30 years in the coaching
business, Scotty Bowman still finds it easy. In fact, the Red Wings' coach
finds it easier than when he started.
"You used to have to do
a little bit of everything," Bowman said. "Now you have other coaches to
help. I don't work with the goalies at all."
That job falls
specifically to Jim Bedard. Bowman says he relies heavily on other coaches
to handle specific areas -- Barry Smith for special teams and Dave Lewis
Bowman gives them all input, of course, but says
he likes to let his coaches do their jobs.
A tough break
It's tougher having two days off between Stanley Cup games on the road
than at home. Ask Detroit's Jamie Macoun.
"At home, you can always play with your kids," the Red Wings'
defenseman said. "You run out of things to do on the road."
What did the Red Wings do for the most part in between Saturday night's
Game 3 and Tuesday night's game 4 at the MCI Center?
around the mall a few times and saw just about every movie that was out
there," Macoun said.
Words of wisdom
defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings need some motivational
words at the Stanley Cup finals.
Written in magic marker on
the wall in their dressing room prior to Game 4 against the Capitals:
"Faith is to believe what you don't yet see; the reward for this
faith is to see what you believe."
Maltby is discriminating about the movies he goes to these days.
One he did like was, "Bullworth," the new Warren Beatty movie about
"I'm not too big on the Godzilla thing, that will be
a rental," Maltby quipped.
"Godzilla," of course, is the
nickname for Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig, who
stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 225 pounds.
Turning a new leaf
The Toronto Maple
Leafs' stirring comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the 1942 Stanley Cup
finals is just history as far as Washington coach Ron Wilson is concerned.
Ever since his team went down 3-0 to the Red Wings, Wilson
has been making reference about the Maple Leafs' memorable rally.
"You can't go back to 1942 for inspiration," Wilson
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