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Jack Eichel Credits Bruce Cassidy For Winning The Stanley Cup

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Jack Eichel credits Bruce Cassidy for helping guide the Golden Knights to their Stanley Cup victory. Does Cassidy deserve more credit? (Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports)

Jack Eichel Credits Bruce Cassidy For Winning The Stanley Cup

In April, I wrote a post arguing that Bruce Cassidy should have won the Jack Adams Award. On May 5th, the three finalists for the award were announced and Cassidy’s name was nowhere to be found. Of course, by now you know the rest. The Vegas Golden Knights just won the Stanley Cup and the smart people know that Cassidy had a lot to do with it. Maybe everything to do with it if you ask Jack Eichel.

VIA WEEI:

“It was incredible,” Eichel said of being coached by Cassidy. “I mean, I think what he did for our group and for me as a player, it was the reason we won. I think he came in and the way that he changed our game, but just push guys and hold everyone accountable and the way that he was able to get us to play, it was great. He was phenomenal. He was great all year.”

Eichel’s father followed suit and was very complimentary of Cassidy. Bob Eichel sounds very grateful that his son is being coached by Cassidy in Vegas.

“I give Coach Cassidy a lot of credit,” Bob Eichel said Friday. “Made him a 200-foot player. I mean, of course he’s had a lot of great players in Boston that he worked with, and I think he did an unbelievable job. I thanked him when I went on the ice, and I thank him every time I see him. He’s a great guy and he did a great job with Jack, made him that type of player.”

Bruce Cassidy is one of, if not the single best coach in hockey. It’s about damn time he starts getting his proper respect. It’s hard to imagine the Golden Knights beating Edmonton without having that defensive identity that Cassidy instilled.

If Eichel is saying that Vegas’ wouldn’t have won without Bruce Cassidy, what does that say about Jake DeBrusk?

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