BENCHMARKS WITH ASSISTANT COACH DANNY FLYNN
I thought the first day went pretty well. All three groups were ready to go. Everybody's anxious to get started on the new season. We've got some good veteran leadership, and that's nice to see. We're all excited about starting to build a hockey program here.
The first day I was just looking for hands and timing. A lot of guys had a chance to play over the summer. It's different, though, when the guys are out there and the coaches are setting the pace. But we were all happy with the first day.
I noticed quickly Viktor Kozlov and what good size he has what great skill he has for a big guy. He was one guy who certainly caught my eye.
You can see how quickly the community has embraced us. It's a warm community. They're so happy to have the organization here and that's something that jumps at you as soon as you get off the plane. The type of coach Ted his, he wants to build a team first attitude with a hard working gritty type of game. I think the fans will come to respect that and really come to enjoy it.
The theme for today was hands and skills. Days Two, Four and Six will be part of our round-robin tournament with Team Henning, Nystrom and Tonelli playing one another. We're anxious as coaches to see what the players can do. It's an exciting time of year. Everyone's in first place.
Hockey is a competitive sport. Hopefully we'll see today who the competitors are. We're willing to sacrifice some skill to bring forth some competitors, because we strongly believe that's what wins in the end."
Danny Flynn's Bio
Danny Flynn joined Ted Nolan as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders on July 13, 2006.
Flynn was hired Nolan's assistants with Memorial Cup finalist Moncton. Flynn has been a mainstay on Nolan's coaching staff going back to their days with the Sault. Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the early 1990s. Following Nolan's departure from the Greyhounds to the NHL, Flynn took over the reigns of the OHL team for the 1994-95 season. Together,
Nolan and Flynn won three straight OHL championships and a Memorial Cup title with the Greyhounds. Before rejoining with Nolan in Moncton last season, Flynn was the head coach for St. Francis Xavier University from 1995 to 2005 and led the school to a 19-6-3 record in 2004-05, his last with the school.
During Flynn's ten-year tenure at St. FX, he led them to a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national championship in 2004 -- the first in the school's history -- and won two silver medals at the national championship in 2001 and 2003. In total, he recorded a total of 177 career wins at StFX making him the all-time winningest coach behind the X-Men bench, and third in AUS history.
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