November 7, 1997 |
The afternoon was gray and dreary and the forecast called for snow, but Mighty Duck Coach Pierre Page still had a cheerful homecoming here Thursday. He has no hard feelings for the city, its people or its hockey team. "I'm going back to a city I love," he said earlier this week. "I started my career there. My daughter was born there. I have a lot of good friends there." Page spent two seasons coaching the Calgary Flames, squeezing the most from the least. They weren't easy years.
June 16, 1998 |
The Mighty Ducks fired Pierre Page on Monday, only 10 months after declaring, "If he had been available when we started the franchise, he would have been the coach." The move was not entirely unexpected, considering the Ducks' 26-43-13 record and 12th-place finish in the NHL's 13-team Western Conference. But General Manager Jack Ferreira--as he did in announcing Ron Wilson's firing last year--said philosophical differences rather than wins and losses prompted his decision.
March 13, 1998 |
It began with a question about disappointment, frustration and failed expectations. Almost 45 minutes later, Mighty Duck Coach Pierre Page was still going strong. "It's a tough year for the organization," Page said Wednesday during a session with reporters long after the Ducks' 3-1 loss to Toronto. "If what happened this year happened last year it would have helped the organization. They were unbelievable for the second half, which is a real credit to Ron Wilson."
June 16, 1998 |
The Mighty Ducks, continuing a dramatic slide from a playoff team to a National Hockey League also-ran, fired their second coach in 13 months on Monday. The Ducks under Pierre Page struggled to a 26-43-13 record and a 12th-place finish in the NHL's 13-team Western Conference. He didn't attend a news conference at the Arrowhead Pond to announce his firing.
May 4, 1990 |
Pierre Page, head coach of the Minnesota North Stars, was named general manager of the Quebec Nordiques today. Page replaces Maurice Filion, who was hired on an interim basis last Feb. 2 when Martin Madden was fired. Page, a 40-year-old Quebec native who coached the North Stars for two seasons, takes over a franchise that has missed the playoffs for three consecutive years and finished with just 12 victories in 80 games last season.
October 2, 1997 |
Pierre Page set the ground rules right from the start. He demanded three things from the Mighty Ducks: grit, drive and speed. Oh, he would make allowances if a player displayed speed, grit and drive. Drive, grit and speed were OK too. But any other method of operation would result in a swift trip to the minor leagues. Or a trade to another team. Other than his daily sermons on grit, drive and speed, Page made it clear from the first day of training camp that predictability would take a beating.
May 29, 1998 |
Someone had to take the fall for the Mighty Ducks' worst season in their five-year history. So, the Ducks fired assistant coaches Don Hay and Walt Kyle on Thursday. They have been offered other jobs within the organization. It's believed Hay has been asked to coach the Ducks' minor league affiliate in Cincinnati with Kyle moving into an administrative role to assist General Manager Jack Ferreira. It was not immediately known whether they would accept their new assignments.
August 1, 1998
From playing hardball with Paul Kariya, to the firing of Ron Wilson, to the hiring of Pierre Page, to the firing of Pierre Page, to the low-ball offer to Butch Goring, to the hiring of Craig Hartsburg (the coach who defended then-Chicago Blackhawk defenseman Gary Suter for cross-checking Kariya and bringing his season to a halt), the Mighty Ducks appear to be on thin ice. The Evil Empire also known as Disney Sports is a model of corporate sports tyranny--first-class marketing and financial success with a low-class, inept and heartless management staff pulling the strings of a sub-.
February 19, 1998 |
The exit of the United States' men's hockey team was no surprise to Mighty Duck Coach Pierre Page. "This is not like Dream Team basketball," Page said Wednesday. "There is a lot of parity in hockey around the world. I think the United States' players found out why Canada has not won a gold medal in hockey since 1952."
June 20, 1998
So Pierre Page, a nondescript coach with a lifetime losing record, will be paid $1 million not to coach the Mighty Ducks. Since I have an even worse coaching record: 0-1 in AYSO Soccer, 6-7-year olds, I offer not to coach the Ducks for only $1,500. Available immediately. HARRIET J. OTTAVIANO Seal Beach