Marc Trestman was a hockey fan long before he was a Bears head coach. And he is a fan of how the Blackhawks are dealing with the 2013 season and playoffs.
“They’ve gone out…. It’s the constant, daily mindset of just trying to get better,” said Trestman, a native of Minnesota and who as a youngster played on frozen ponds he helped shovel free of snow. “That’s what you’re hearing from their players. They’re a hard working team.”
Trestman attended the University of Minnesota from 1974-1978, a span in which the Golden Gophers won NCAA championships twice.
“I grew up at a time where we didn’t have indoor arenas,” Trestman said. “I was one of the guys who was shoveling the pond to be able to go skate with my friends. So I’ve experienced it at that level, and grew up with the North Stars and love hockey and love the game.”
And loves how the Blackhawks have gone about their business.
“I’ve watched them play in person and on TV,” Trestman said. “You know, you can learn from the way they’ve built their team and how they’ve responded, not only to their success, but also to the periodic adversity they had throughout the year. So as professionals, coaches and athletes, we can learn from them and their success. I think we do watching them play.”