by Mohammad Arshad
Kevin Stanley was very critical when asked for his assessment of the Toronto Maple Leafs season and offered advice to the struggling hockey team.
The entrepreneur who owns Skyreach Window Cleaning, a prestigious window washing company based in Toronto, was at the Centennial College campus on Thursday, March 1 for an interview with students.
Stanley’s company has a cleaning contract with the Air Canada Centre, home of the Leafs, which means that he has occasional interactions with members of the Leafs’ front office and the National Hockey League (NHL) players there.
“I’ve met a lot of the players on the Leafs and have met with players from other teams as well like Rick Nash and Nick Lidstrom.”
Stanley is also personally involved in hockey as he is the head coach of the Pickering Panthers, a Junior A team in Pickering which plays in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL).
Talking about the Leafs, Stanley refused to throw Head Coach Ron Wilson under the bus, even though Wilson ended up being fired the next day after the interview.
“I don’t think it’s (losing streak) Ron’s fault,” he said. “The main problem is with their goalie coach (Francois Allaire) who isn’t doing a very good job with the goalies.”
Stanley’s argument about Allaire has a point as both of the Leafs’ goaltenders James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson have played very poorly as of late, winning only two games out of the team’s last 12. Stanley had a reason for their mediocre performances.
“Both of these goalies play way too deep in the net and this leads to better scoring chances for the other team,” he said. “The goalie coach isn’t fixing this problem.”
When asked about his favourite NHL team, Stanley answered that it was the Detroit Red Wings because of its great veterans like Nick Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen.
He said he might go to the 2012 Winter Classic between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings in Michigan next season.
“I want to go but it will be really cold,” he said laughing.