Coaching to the Bell Curve
Most half-decent hockey coaches across the land, at any level, intuitively understand one simple fact about the makeup of their teams. They understand that every team, both their own and the other guy's, is made up of A, B and C players. The A players on one team are generally just as good, and as capable, as the A players on the other. Similarly, the C players on both teams are the same type of grinders, role players and limited-capability individuals. The real and important difference lies in the middle, with the nature, motivation and potential of the B players.
The ultimate objective of the head coach of a hockey team, or the CEO of a business, is to find a way to get their B players to outplay and outperform ...