Mar 4, 2016 5:53 PM
MANCHESTER - Manchester Monarchs' Richard Seeley begins his day at 8 a.m. fielding calls, while other coaches are arranging travel, scouting video, coming up with game strategies and re-assembling his roster.
"We've got to get a per diem check so we have money for the road, Jeff has to put in the meal and we still have to find ourselves a forward," Seeley told NH1. "None of these guys know, that three of them are potentially leaving after the game to go to the American League."
Once the puck drops, the coach is always alert and examining each of his 20 players and is constantly planning the team's next moves.
The Monarchs trailed going into the second period and they scored 3-unanswered goals, but as they say in hockey "a two- goal lead is the worst kind of lead."
"Don't be worried a soft chip to yourself. He can't touch ya. Got to move our feet, D gotta move our feet," are just one of the dozens of things overheard during a game.
The Monarch's won 3-2 but instead of absorbing the victory, Coach Seeley gets right back to work informing three players that they were called up a league to the AHL. It's his favorite part of the job.
"You're on your way to Ontario, I'm assuming you're alright with that?," Seeley asked his player.
Then the Monarchs left for a 10-hour bus trip down to Norfolk, V.a. to play a double-header, while Coach Seeley and his staff had to work on the road from September to April.
They understand what comes with the job - little sleep, no off days and hardly any time for family, but Seeley will tell you that working together "beyond the bench" isn't just tough, it's extremely rewarding.
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