In the Toronto Globe and Mail, Erik Duhatschek writes about the pressure and the fun of the 1994-95 season that was only 48 games.
Former Rangers coach Colin Campbell said that “it was hard to catch up that year” and LA Kings goalie Kelly Hrudey said “it was amazing to feel that sort of pressure that quickly in a season. Every game was just so important.”
He went on to say, “but it was also the best hockey I’ve ever been a part of.”
Hrudey also spoke with the CP and talked about the real sense of urgency that players feel from the first game on.
Barry Melrose, who coached the LA before being fired near the end of the 94-95 season said that the team is for the coaches to make sure the players know that they don’t have a cushion this season and “you’ve got to be ready at the drop of the puck in the first game.”
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On the 48 game season, captain Ryan Callahan told the Rangers website “your finish will be just as important as your start is. We have to grow as the season goes on. Obviously it is a shortened season and each point means more, but we just need to get better every game.
He added that for the Rangers to be successful, they just need to work and “stick to our system, game plan and identity that we have tried to create over the last few years. We need to carry over the confidence of knowing that we can be there, we should be there and now we need to take that next step.”
Josh Cooper has more on this at USA Today.
In the NY Times, Jeff Klein and Stu Hackel spoke with Scotty Bowman about his style of coaching during the 1994-95 season.
Bowman said that a key thing that he drilled into the Red Wings that season was short shifts and proper line changes.
He also said that organizational depth is going to be key as many players are likely to become injured during this stretch.
Ron Francis, who was playing for Pittsburgh during the 94-95 season said that the games took on more playoff like/low scoring feel.