December 16, 2000 |
Goaltender Guy Hebert heard the news Craig Hartsburg had been fired as Duck coach while watching a hockey game on television Thursday night. At first, he didn't believe the words at the bottom of screen. Left wing Paul Kariya received a phone call from new coach Guy Charron. Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky's agent broke the news to him with a call. If the Ducks were shocked by Thursday's coaching change, it was difficult to tell by their reactions at Friday's morning skate.
December 15, 2000 |
Merry Christmas, Craig Hartsburg. You were fired to relieve tension. It sounds as if Pierre Gauthier had the choice of springing for a team massage or firing the coach. Choosing from the least-creative page in the manual they issue general managers, Gauthier, the general manager of the Mighty Ducks, canned the coach. And from the first page of the book on the Disney way to run a team, the Mighty Ducks got the cheap solution.
December 15, 2000 |
The Mighty Ducks fired Coach Craig Hartsburg on Thursday, reaching another signpost in a downward spiral after a promising beginning eight years ago. Hartsburg was let go 33 games into the season and replaced by his top assistant, Guy Charron, who has 16 games of experience as a National Hockey League head coach. He becomes the fourth coach for an organization that once soared, but now wallows. Hartsburg, who was in his third season, had a record of 80-88-29 with Anaheim.
December 11, 2000 |
Craig Hartsburg is the man with the iron face, a surface of no expression, a mask that hides all emotion. So don't look at the face. Listen to the words. Inside Hartsburg there is a passion for hockey, a fierce devotion to this game played on ice, a game that will never exactly belong to us in Southern California. Not in the way it belongs to Hartsburg. Hartsburg is the beleaguered coach of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. The Ducks lost to Dallas, 1-0, Sunday at the Pond.
December 7, 2000 |
The time for compassionate words for the Not-So-Mighty Ducks ended long ago for most followers of this woebegone franchise. Even Coach Craig Hartsburg finally chucked his "We just gotta keep pushing because we're on the right track" shtick after a 5-2 public humiliation Wednesday at the hands of the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
December 3, 2000 |
The Mighty Ducks, who are either a dead team skating or a work in progress, depending on the eye of the beholder, went through another practice and another team meeting Saturday. Their coach then went through another session trying to explain the demise. "We do good things each game that prove we can be a good team," Coach Craig Hartsburg said. "That's the thing that bothers me the most. We do some good things and then don't follow through on them."