DENVER — Another marquee matchup is brewing in the NHL'sThe between the The It's nothing to do with .
Gemma Grace Manson is two years old and will be the main event. He's an Avalanche defensemanShe is trying to understand her grandfather, a former NHL player who became an assistant coach for the Oilers .
Theirs is the classic example a house split during the best of seven series that starts Tuesday night. Josh believes his daughter's loyalty shouldn't be.
Manson declared Tuesday, “She must be pulling for my cause.” “She loves her grandpa. But she should be pulling for me. Or we'll have to exchange words.”
It is rare for a player following his father into the league. The Mansons now have the unique opportunity to face one another in a crucial postseason series. This will lead to a Stanley Cup Final.
Dave, a blueliner just like his son Josh, played in 1,103 NHL games between 1986 and 2002. He also served a three year stint in Edmonton, which was the year Josh was born (1991).
While the younger Manson denied that he could recall that period in their lives at the time, local Oilers media shared stories of Manson running around the dressing room. Manson did recall some stops in his father’s career as a player for seven different teams. Josh is in his ninth season of the league, which is also his first with Colorado.
Manson was not easy to beat in the Western Conference Final. Each side has to be competitive in order to win. However, what happens on the ice is nothing compared to what each side holds dear off it.
“Family is the most important. Josh said that this is Josh's dad's mantra. “I don't believe that there will be any dividing lines. We will keep our secrets private, but we'll maintain a close relationship. He's at the bench, so it makes it different. He isn't on the ice. We will talk and communicate, but family is first. He will be there for me and I'll talk to him about anything.”
It's good that dad doesn't always weigh in on his kids' performances. At least, not until he can't.
Josh laughed and said, “He doesn't really call to give advice unless you're really in a slump” “He might call me to give advice, but it's rarely short and he's great at reading your body language.
These qualities are what Josh believes have made his father a successful coach. Not every player can make that transition. Dave spent time with the Western Hockey League's Prince Albert Raiders, American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors, before being promoted to NHL as part of Jay Woodcroft's staff. Josh isn't expecting to reap the benefits of his father's coaching experience in the next few weeks. It doesn't diminish the pride Josh feels at his father's accomplishments in a new position.
“[He knows] Josh explained when to push and when it's time to back off. Josh said, “I believe that's what makes him such a great coach.” [as a father]. He is able to manage situations. You can never have too much advice. This series has a lot of advice, but I believe there will be less.