Check out the feature on new head coach Terry Murray and what he brings to the Phantoms in today's paper.
Here are a few things to add about Murray:
That Murray had signed on as coach was part of what goaltender Scott Munroe liked about the Phantoms because of Murray's defensive focus.
Eric Wellwood also commented on the that apect of Murray's approach.
"He’s really focused on the defensive side, I think he wants us to be winning 2-1 games or 3-1 games and I think that’s good because sometimes it’s not good to be getting into shootout battles and those are sometimes ways to lose some games," the left wing said.
Murray stressed a focus on the team and an overall team-first approach. When the coach was asked what the fans could expect from him, he deflected attention to his players.
"It’s not about me, it’s about the team on the icem" he said. The players are going to perform their best and try to perform as a team, shift in and shift out, game in and game out and we’re trying to get ourselves back into the playoffs after missing the playoffs for three years. It’s going to take everybody to be on board and the fans are here to watch the players play. It’s about them, it’s not about anybody else. I think it’s going to be an exciting team."
Later, he described the main principles of his coaching style similarly, saying that he wanted to instill a very team-first attitude in the Phantoms.
"It’s always the team. That’s the most important thing. That’s why we’re all here. We’re not here to play for yourself, we’re here to play for the Adirondack Phantoms and that’s the team attitude you need to put in place," Murray said. "That’s the culture and the style of play we’re trying to create right now. It might take a little bit for everyone to understand where I’m going with the big picture, but that’s why I’m blowing the whistles, that’s why I’m stopping drills and making sure we’re doing it right every time.
"It’s going to create a good team flow and a good competitive team that’s going to be very entertaining and a winning team. At the same time, when you have that in place, you have all these young players that we’re talking about dreaming of playing it the NHL, that will get accelerated because the team will be successful."
Also, in addition to strong character, Murray said he looks for players who want to play for the fans.
"Just playing well, playing hard, competing hard for your fans," he said. "They’re coming to cheer for you, they want to cheer for you, they want to be successful as an individual, as a player. The only thing you can give back to the fans is all of you, the intensity, the work and competing to win games. That’s the attitude we’re trying to work to build."