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New Oilers coach Eakins has to scale back triathlon schedule

A longtime fitness fanatic off the ice, as indicated by this photo during his time with the...

A longtime fitness fanatic off the ice, as indicated by this photo during his time with the Manitoba Moose, Dallas Eakins is an avid endurance athlete, but he's had to cancel some triathlon plans since taking the coaching job with the Oilers. (QMI Agency file)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:11 PM ET

This becoming an NHL head coach business has screwed up Dallas Eakins’s Iron Man schedule.

“My wife and I were supposed to do a Half Iron Man in Mont Tremblant, Que., on June 23, but I’m going to have to go there as a support person for her now,” he said of his actress wife Ingrid Kavelaars.

“I haven’t been able to find the time to properly train,” he said of preparing for the event which is slightly longer than an Olympic triathlon.

The problem was making two trips to Vancouver to talk to the Canucks, preliminary discussions with the New York Rangers and Dallas Stars and daily discussions, negotiations, press conference and now immediately diving into the deep end of hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers.

In this getting-to-know you process with the new head coach, one of the things you should know is that second only to his hockey passion in the winter is his triathlon obsession in the summer.


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