Dallas, Texas – The average NHL head coach can only name five current professional hockey players according to a study conducted by the University of Minnesota. The study was released amid the opening of the first round of the 2016 NHL playoffs.
Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff was reached for comment. “Well, there’s Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. I know them because I coach them. Then there’s that goalie, Leht- something. And then there’s that one guy, his team won the Stanley Cup Finals last year, I wanna’ say Kane? How many’s that, eh?”
Mike Babcock, one of the more cerebral coaches in the League, who led the entire group, was able to name eleven current hockey players, including most of his team, the Blackhawks, starting roster. “I have to know a bunch of football players for my fantasy league,” said Babcock, “but it’s really tough remembering hockey players. I mean, it’s not really the most popular sport and most of them have weird French names and stuff.”
When asked, Barry Trotz, coach of the Washington Capitals, listed Sidney Crosby, Mike Modano, Dale Earnhart Jr., Dominik Hasek, and Greg Maddux. Of those, only Sidney Crosby is actually a current player. Of the others, two are retired, one is a NASCAR driver, and one is a Hall of Fame baseball pitcher.
Although somewhat surprising that NHL coaches can only name an average of five players in the league, that still exceeds the number of NHL players the average American can name by five.