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Travis Green opens up about how playing career shaped his coaching philosophy with Canucks

Travis Green opens up about how playing career shaped his coaching philosophy with Canucks
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Travis Green has a pretty simple philosophy when it comes to coaching.

"Try to make players the best they can be individually and as a team, that's coaching."," Green explained to Sporting News Canada. "For me

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"I'm a fairly open book when it comes to coaching," Green said. "I think the players always know where they stand, let's talk.",[url=http://www.capitalshockeyshop.com/adidas-alex-ovechkin-jersey]Authentic Alex Ovechkin jersey[/url], they always know what's expected. I do believe in communicating. I don't like for there to be a lot of gray areas. Some things are not negotiable with me, some things probably are; but I have an open-door policy. You want to talk about things

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Considered the past few years as a coaching star in the making, Green credits his NHL playing experience as a major factor in his success now behind the bench. Green spent 14 years in the NHL, appearing in 970 games for five different organizations, including dual stints with both the Maple Leafs and Ducks. Along the way there were countless learning experiences both on and off the ice, including Hall of Fame legends Al Arbour and Pat Quinn., hundreds of different teammates, and numerous coaches

"For me, personally, it's helped me a lot in coaching," said the 46-year-old Green. "I think I have a good understanding of what players go through. I think it's helped me relate to players on good days when they're playing well, really help me as far as I treat players and challenge players.", and bad days when they're not. And when they think they're playing well and they're not or when they think they're playing bad and they're not as bad as they probably think. The experiences I have of being a player, those things really

Green is honest enough to admit the mistakes he made from his playing days, especially the younger ones., another way for him to relate to his current players

"I was not always the easiest player to deal with, and I'm not afraid to admit that,[url=http://www.canuckshockeyshop.com/adidas-bo-horvat-jersey]Authentic Bo Horvat jersey[/url]," Green offered, candidly. "Young players in the NHL,[url=http://www.canuckshockeyshop.com/adidas-bo-horvat-jersey]adidas Bo Horvat jersey[/url], like when you're nervous. I look back and I've learned a lot about from how I was as a player and how to treat others as a coach today.", they do get ahead of themselves. I'm proof of that. I was a cocky young guy,[url=http://www.capitalshockeyshop.com/adidas-alex-ovechkin-jersey]adidas Alex Ovechkin jersey[/url], though sometimes cockiness comes out in different ways

Green played in the 1993 Eastern Conference finals as an Islanders rookie and scored 25 goals and 70 points during the 1995-96 season in New York. However, it wasn't until several years later when he landed in Phoenix,[url=http://www.capitalshockeyshop.com/adidas-braden-holtby-jersey]adidas Braden Holtby jersey[/url], that Green matured enough to understand how to be a complete and reliable player., his third team

"I think when I was younger,[url=http://www.capitalshockeyshop.com/adidas-t.j.-oshie-jersey]adidas T. J. Oshie jersey[/url], like a lot of players, I was worried about scoring because the game's focused around that, whether the team won or lost."," Green recalled. "I might have played my best hockey from the age of 28, 29 to when I retired. I understood my role and just played the game to win. That's all that mattered to me

Former teammates have described Green as a funny, happy-go-lucky sort, breaking things down and analyzing all the time., though one who took his job and its responsibilities seriously. They also point out that he was always a student of the game

"I was always just a big hockey nerd," Green said simply.

So he has seen a lot, studied a lot, played a lot, a B.C. native landing the gig in his native province., coached a lot, absorbed a lot over the past 25 or so years. Now Green is head coach of the Canucks

How will it all come together for him when training camp opens in September and the spotlight burns bright a few weeks later with the start of the 2017-18 NHL regular season?

"I like to believe I am my own identity as a coach," Green stated. "You can't just read a book and become something. You can't just watch some videos or play hockey with a bunch of good players and become a good player. You always have to become your own identity with whatever you're doing. You can't just mimic something and become it. I've adapted and believe I am confident in my identity as a coach and we'll move forward with that."

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