Steve Spott is already getting his first tastes of the Toronto media.
Yesterday afternoon the newly appointed Marlies head coach joined Brian Hayes and Jeff O’Neill on TSN 1050’s Leafs Lunch to talk about leaving the Kitchener Rangers, joining the Maple Leafs organization, and much more.
On leaving his GM/head coaching duties behind:
It’s not easy when you have to move. The situation here, in Kitchener, is one that it really is a community governed hockey club and everywhere you go in the city it’s a special place to be. It’s very much like an NCAA environment as you guys alluded to where the coach of the team… very rarely does he have to pay for a cup of coffee. So, it’s a neat place. To leave here now is bittersweet, but having the opportunity with Dave Nonis, Dave Poulin, Claude Loiselle, Jim Hughes, you can tell that the organization is in great standing in Toronto, and I’m just excited for the plan that they have for the Marlies.
On his style, and whether he’ll have to adjust
I think you do. Fortunately for me . . . I know some of the kids that are there, so I’ll definitely take time over the next couple of weeks to get in touch with those guys. I’ll talk to Dallas today to try and get information on what makes those guys tick. Ultimately, I think talking to Dave and Dave, they want to get a little bit younger with the Marlies now and make it a pure development team, and you may not see as many of the American Hockey League veterans as you’ve seen in Toronto in the past.
You can listen to the full interview on the TSN 1050 website here.