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Would Doug Gilmour be a good hockey coach?
Thu, July 10, 2008

Doug Gilmour's desire to re-invent himself as a coach could lead the Maple Leafs icon to another National Hockey League team.

While the Leafs are trying to accommodate their former captain and franchise playoff scoring leader, there might not be any immediate opportunities for him here. Gilmour, 44, declared his new ambition in the past few months before officially ending two years as player development adviser on Tuesday when Joe Nieuwendyk was hired as Cliff Fletcher's special assistant.
Full story: No room for Gilmour

Would Doug Gilmour be a good hockey coach?



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No one knows because he hasn't proven himself.Good players or even great players like Gretzky don't mean they would make great coaches.A lot of mediocre players (Bruce Boudreau) and some who never made it to the NHL have turned out to be great coaches,while many former great players failed at coaching.What took Gilmour so long to figure out he wants to coach,he could have been getting experience and building his resume.
Johnny, 2008-07-12 08:42:22

If he's willing to start as an assistant at the bottom and work his way up like Scotty Bowman, Bruce Boudreau and others. I'm willing to bet that he may be accelerated and that could prove to be a disaster.
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-07-11 20:28:09

I agree. The Storm would be a great fit. He should even look into helping the Gryphons (U of G) as well.
Ben TO, 2008-07-11 13:06:35

Certainly deserves a chance in the junior ranks but something tells me from the many interviews I watched that Killer is not a strategist. He went on guts and instinct, something that is hard to impart to players.
RB, 2008-07-11 09:51:01

NO!!!

Just another member of the old boys club. And for the Record, he was not a great player. Above average, very good, yes. Great, Not so much.
Disgruntledfan, 2008-07-11 08:35:01

Yes, Guelph is a good organization for Gilmour to season some experience.
Buzz, 2008-07-10 20:34:57

A great player doesn't always translate into a great coach. Gilmour should forget about jumping into an NHL job and learn the ropes at the junior level. I hear Guelph is looking for a coach, Killer.
Dave, 2008-07-10 19:48:47

He probably would - at the Major Junior level to start, and from there to perhaps an AHL team before landing a job with an NHL team. The same way most other current NHL coaches gained experience.
Gary O., 2008-07-10 19:31:40

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