Stars-Avs Notebook - Rd1, Gm1
April 22, 2006
By Ken Sins
Dave Tippett and Joel Quenneville usually stay in contact by cell phone. They are the best of pals from their playing days with the Hartford Whalers.
"It's funny...the phone hasn't rung the last couple of days,'' Tippett said with a chuckle.
There is a deep bond of mutual respect between the pair. Tippett, a checking forward, and Quenneville, a brainy defenseman, were Whalers teammates from 1984-90, reaching the playoffs six straight times during that span.
Quenneville took over behind the Colorado bench at the start of this season after eight seasons at the helm of the St. Louis Blues. Tippett retired in 1995 as a player/assistant coach of the Houston Aeros of the International League. Following a stint as the general manager/coach of the Aeros, leading them to the 1999 Turner Cup title, and a stretch as an assist with the Los Angeles Kings, Tippett took over as coach of the Stars on May 21, 2002.
Through the years, Tippett and Quenneville remained good friends and professional colleagues.
"You bounce things off each other,'' Tippett said. "You value the opinions.''
The friendship was forged in Hartford, where Whalers GM Emile "The Cat'' Francis assembled a team of high-character players, several of whom have gone on to coaching careers.
Tippett also stays in contact with ex-teammates Kevin Dineen, Ron Francis and Mike Liut, among others.
"We were a special team, a lot of real special guys,'' Tippett said. "Everybody lived in the city. That was just home to us. My wife used to go to the games and she'd say, 'It feels like I know 3,000 people.' The team was sold, we got broken up, but we've remained very good friends. It was a very close team. We didn't win a championship but we kept that bond.''
Tippett remembers Quenneville as a savvy "coach on the ice'' blueliner.
"`Slo-mo Jo' was one of the smartest players,'' Tippett said. "Talk about using his stick...he was a very intelligent player, one of those guys you relied on so much. In nitty-gritty situations that allow you to win a game, he was always in those situations.''
Dallas Stars 2 vs. Colorado Avalanche 5
Game One - Western Conference Quarterfinals
April 22, 2006
The Bottom Line:
The Dallas Stars may have lost Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday but the series is a best-of-seven with the next game on Monday night at American Airlines Center.
Good tickets still remain for the all-important Game Two, which begins at 8:00 p.m.
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