|Leaving North Dakota For Philly? Not An Upgrade By Any Means|
It was time for Coach Hakstol to go. The natives were on the Warpath (pun intended). After more than a decade of no National Championships and 7 Frozen Fours, the whispers were becoming shouts that we would never be champs again with this guy behind the bench. Yes, the program kept rolling along with players being drafted and becoming major cogs in pro teams, but here in North Dakota, the teams could never gel well enough to become that team that everybody believed could fight through adversity during the National Tournament.
And moving to Philly isn't the greatest job improvement in the world. Remember that Philly fans aren't the most patient fans in the world. They make the fans and alumni of the University of North Dakota seems angelic and having the patience of the Dali Lama. The team in Philly is low on talent and Steve Mason is starting to look like he did in Columbus. The fact that Coach Hakstol will need to be brought up to speed on the Pro game and I believe that it is about 30% that this union will work. That includes the Front Office that has problems that go farther up than the General Manager.
In closing, I would thank Coach Hakstol for his efforts and dedication to his job while he was here. He is very good at his job, but there was something there that could not bring home the 8th National Championship for the University. And when he does come back to college hockey after being canned by the Flyers about 3 years down the road, he shouldn't take it personally when the fans of North Dakota want their team to shove it down his throat. After all, choking for 11 years in the National Tournament causes a bitter taste in one's mouth as Coach Hakstol should know.