ANAHEIM, CA – Dallas Eakins recalls his first conversation with Troy Terry vividly.
Eakins was coaching the Anaheim Ducks’ American Hockey League affiliate in San Diego. It was a morning skate after Terry had been sent down by the big club.
They were on the ice in front of the visitors’ bench.
“He simply said to me, ‘I’ve lost all my confidence,’” Eakins recalled. “And I said, ‘Alright.’ And then I just walked him through it.”
Eakins told Terry that it didn’t matter to him how many mistakes the winger made in that night’s game –it wasn’t going to cost him.