Uncovering what is actually beneath Seattle Kraken coach Dave Hakstol’s tricky exterior

Hakstol loves hockey and is enjoying lifetime in the NHL.

SEATTLE — Dave Hakstol is an intensive coach ─ there’s no hiding it. Previous players say it’s his stare. Some have even said staring at him is like staring into the sun… a terrifying, conversing Canadian solar. He hasn’t, nor will he, listen to the end of it.

Beneath that tricky exterior, Hakstol is only a coach who loves his job. There is no question that Hakstol is enjoying daily life in the NHL and as the coach of the Seattle Kraken. A single of his favourite sections is participating in at Local climate Pledge Arena ─ a thing which he thinks gives the workforce an benefit.

“It’s an wonderful area to occur to perform every working day,” he mentioned, “Which is what we want for our gamers and for absolutely everyone included.”

He also reported the staff loves the community and feels the obligation of bringing household some wins.

“We’ve had a challenging extend right here. We haven’t been equipped to earn a whole lot in entrance of our dwelling lovers and that weighs on the gamers since they know and fully grasp and recognize how a great deal our admirers treatment and how much vitality they provide to us.”

He has constantly beloved hockey and has numerous memories of his 16 several years coaching at the higher education amount in North Dakota ─ some very good, some not so great.

For illustration, there was a single time when Hakstol and fellow assistant Brad Berry ended up driving from Denver back again to Grand Forks following a weekend series. With Hakstol at the wheel and Berry asleep in the passenger seat and the snow coming down tricky, their trusty Buick LeSabre dropped its grip on the highway.

“As I tapped our brakes, I also tapped Brad on the shoulder and said ‘Hey bubs you may well want to wake up for this 1,” Hakstol explained. “When we lastly pulled into the closest gasoline station, we had corn hanging from the motor vehicle, the bumpers were hanging off and a single distinctive issue I bear in mind was there was barbed wire fence marks all the way up the windshield.”

Luckily for us, they survived that bumpy night. And now, Hakstol’s hottest challenge? Surviving this period and creating Seattle very pleased of their new preferred workforce.