EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – Despite signs that the NHL Lockout might be coming to a resolution, a substitute hockey coach for the Eden Prairie Eagles youth hockey team is campaigning to have himself awarded the Jack Adams Trophy Coach of the Year recipient in the event an NHL season is not played.
“The way I see it, if the NHL doesn’t play the award should be up for grabs,” said Matthew Jones. “I stand by my undefeated record for my candidacy.”
Jones is not a member of the regular coaching staff, but filled in as an assistant during a tournament where the regular assistants were unable to attend. The team won a game and tied a game while Jones patrolled the bench.
“I’d like to point out that the only game I wasn’t on the bench for was the game they lost,” Jones noted.
Other Eden Prairie parents are skeptical of Jones’ credentials.
“That game they lost – he just sat in the stands and posted on Facebook all the things he would do differently if he were on the bench,” said a parent who wished to remain anonymous. “It was two games for crying out loud – he wasn’t even the head coach!”
Jones has taken out ads in Sports Illustrated and Playboy to publicize his campaign.
“I spend at least four hours a day scrutinizing the magazines for proper placement of the ads” Jones noted.