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5 Lesser-Known Facts About Bruce Cassidy

(Photo Credit: @GoldenKnights on Twitter)

We’ll get to the hockey stuff in time, but first, let’s learn about the man himself, new Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy.

Here’s a link to his Wikipedia page. That should just about cover his entire playing and coaching career. Now, let’s get to the lesser-known stuff.

Cassidy was cut from a Midget A team at the age of 15, three years before he was selected in the 1st round of the NHL Draft

The B team he was placed on ended up beating the A team in a tournament later that season. It was at that tournament NHL scouts really noticed him for the first time and it kicked off his playing, and ultimately coaching, career.

Source: The Athletic

**The story linked above details this nugget and much more about his coaching career. Highly recommended reading.**

Bruce is a baseball guy

Like many kids who go on to become pro athletes, Cassidy wasn’t just good at one sport. He grew up playing baseball as well as hockey and excelled at both. His father, Leonard, coached him in baseball when he played and now he’s the 1st base coach for his son, Cole’s team.

Cassidy says he’s aggressive sending baserunners.

I’m 36-for-36 on stolen bases this year. -Cassidy to NHL Network

Source: NESN

Cassidy is tight with Bill Belichick

The day after Cassidy was fired from the Bruins, Belichick opened his press conference talking about Bruce.

Sorry to see what happened with Bruce yesterday. Really enjoyed my relationship with him and will always support the Bruins, but he was a good friend and somebody I had a really good relationship with. -Belichick

Belichick is a regular at Bruins games and waved the banner before a Stanley Cup Final game in 2019. Cassidy says the Patriots’ head coach came to the game early so the two could chat.

Source: MassLive

Cassidy often refers to the analytics department as “nerds”

As a coach, he’s definitely interested in stats and trends. He says he’s careful with how much he throws at the players but he incorporates it as a tool to help his team.

He called his analytics department “good nerds” when asked about them earlier this year and referred to “new statistical categories the nerds have come up with” when speaking about Patrice Bergeron’s Selke candidacy.

It’s probably good that he gets along with the nerds because one of his strongest selling points as a coach is how dominant his teams have been in expected goals against over the last five seasons.

Source: Boston.com

Cassidy “crushed” his United States citizen test

Having lived in the US for much of his adult life, Cassidy began the process of becoming a naturalized citizen a few years back. In late 2020 he officially became a US citizen.

They gave me a list of 100 questions. I’m going to guess 80 of them I knew already. I do pay attention to the history, politics, geography of the United States. I’ve been here a long time. When the test came, I nailed it. They asked me six questions, I got ’em all right, so they said ‘You passed.’ I aced it. I studied hard. Crushed it. -Cassidy to Boston Globe

Source: Boston Globe

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11 Comments

  1. THE hockey GOD

    i especially liked the one where he aced his US citizens test. This should be an example to all the fakers, dreamers, complainers, illegals, entitlement crap shooters here .
    TAKE YOUR TEST IF YOU LIVE HERE stop being a
    black market, fake, citizen. And get a real job, be a contributor not a taker/faker !

  2. THE hockey GOD

    “hey gave me a list of 100 questions. I’m going to guess 80 of them I knew already. I do pay attention to the history, politics, geography of the United States. I’ve been here a long time. When the test came, I nailed it. They asked me six questions, I got ’em all right, so they said ‘You passed.’ I aced it. I studied hard. Crushed it. -Cassidy to Boston Globe”

    to all dumbchits. I thought this site was only about hockey, forget the 1st amendment, freedom of speech. I am so closed minded and brain washed. I hate the constitution so much. I don’t want to expand my horizon. I want to remain a dumbchit zombie.

  3. Richard Santomauro

    Gotta love the Hockey God!

    I do.

  4. Obvious

    He must be beyond desperate to take this job reporting to fat bastard mcriminal, 2 faced foley and that moron mcphee who has led this team on a downward spiral.

    And this is a coaching upgrade who will lead this team to success????

    Better start queing up the excuses now..

  5. Tim

    I think the two big problems Cassidy faces is health and goalie. They will make or break him.

  6. THE hockey GOD

    i eat banana cakes for second breakfast

  7. Chuckles

    Nice to know we beat the NHL in something this year. Hiring new coach first. Now is the time to come to the side of your team. We truly hope no more 7th defensiveman playing on the fourth forward line. Time to finally have they shoot they SCORE!!

    • THE hockey GOD

      chuckles

      Bruce Martyn (old school hockey announcer) “He shoots he SCORES (hi pitched)”. Classic !!

      They will only do what you want, and what you say makes sense, IF they resolve the SAL CAP issues so they won’t be forced into such silly moves in future. Remember last year the SAL CAP cost them the AVS game in last game of season playing short roster.

  8. THE hockey GOD

    Frank Seravalli
    @frank_seravalli
    ·
    18h
    Bill Daly says the #NHL let #GoBolts and #GoAvsGo that the #StanleyCup will not be going to Russia this summer.

    GOOD !! thg

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