Read: How Alain Vigneault Ran His Locker Room In Vancouver

In writing about Alain Vigneault’s time as coach of the Canucks, Iain Macintyre, of the Vancouver Sun wrote that one of the things that he started early on was to step back in the dressing room and create a group of players to “to establish expectations and police accountability through peer pressure.”

The group included Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows, Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa. With this strategy the Canucks won two Presidents Trophies and went to game seven of the Stanley Cup final.

Vigneault wanted to keep his distance from his players so that “when he crossed the hallway from his office to the dressing room at Rogers Arena in order to reprimand a player, no one should take it personally.”

Macintyre notes that in Vigneault’s time as coach, all the Canucks did “was win.”


In his time as coach of the Rangers, John Tortorella did not go into the locker room after the game and would not address his team until the next day.

Tortorella also put an emphasis on the room to “self-sustain” and for the leadership group to give him the pulse of the team.