Former Detroit Red Wings assistant Todd McLellan took over as head coach of the San Jose Sharks back in June.
Coach McLellan, who won a minor league championship in 2003 as coach of the Houston Aeros, spent the last three seasons on Detroit's staff.
When asked how a championship team like Detroit differs from other teams, Coach McLellan said:
"[They] carry themselves like champions. They make championship decisions. They practice like champions and they train after practice like champions. I want our players to understand that it has to be a daily process. You can't pick and choose when you want to train like a champion. You have to do it now, later and after that."
Coach McLellan also provided some interesting insight into how pro players respond to a new coach:
"Coaches who have coached before in the league come in with a reputation and players on his new team often try to play to his reputation. In this situation, players didn't know who I was or what type of coach and thus far they have played their games and we have tried to fit their games into our system."