Jared Bednar is four wins from becoming the first manager to win the Kelly Cup, Calder Cup and Stanley Cup.
“Well, I mean, my focus is on this cut. I want to add him to the roster and I want our team to get the job done, ”Bednar said of his roster, the Colorado Avalanche.
In a final full of champions, his men will face the Stanley Cup winners of the last two seasons, the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Bednar doesn’t really want to live in the past, especially when he could write his name in the history of sport.
He admits, however, that the playing philosophies that have enabled him to be crowned ECHL and American Hockey League champion are the same ones he used during his 48-point season in 2016-17 and potentially those that will deliver the first. team title in 21 years.
“What was consistent? My approach to the game and focus on the process that I believe is necessary to be successful, “she summed up.
That includes not hiding from the pain of the first round two releases over the past three seasons “and trying to find new ways to progress at all levels,” Bednar said.
“The heartbreaking end of the seasons of the last few years in the playoffs has brought our whole team to this same mentality,” he insisted.
Having won just 22 games in his first season at the helm, after Patrick Roy resigned in August 2016, Bednar has led the Avalanche to the playoffs for the past six seasons.
They finally started hitting their goals this season when they wiped out the Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers and defeated the St. Louis Blues in six games midway through the winning streak.
“He’s doing a great job,” said Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon. He is very composed, very relaxed, but he has this ability to change his tone when he needs it. We are obviously very lucky to have a boyfriend like him. “
The JT Compher center fared better.
“He is a good head of hockey and allows us to be ready to face anyone, especially thanks to the video sessions and training. He is quite calm and sensitive and I think that’s how the room tries to be. It doesn’t matter if it’s going well or badly, let’s try to stay in a good frame of mind and be focused on the future. “
If the avalanche manages to dethrone the lightning bolt, Bednar will swap places with Jon Cooper. The latter will try to get a third consecutive title, a feat that did not happen to the New York Islanders between 1980 and 1983.
Both Cooper and Bednar have been successful in the lower divisions of hockey. Cooper won the Clark Cup with the United States and the Calder Cup before joining the Lightning in 2013.
The series kicks off Wednesday in Denver, Colorado.