Thus enters the mustache.
Wearing a mustache in today's world is an act which required dedication and persistence in the face of a blizzard of Gillette and Phillishave advertising, all with one message: if you ain't in the playoffs, you must be shaving.
Similarly, a head coach must be dedicated to his system and persistent in espousing it to a young team suffering in the face of a blizzard of hockey media types who are keen on finding a scapegoat to hang the latest loss on.
Looking back through Murray's history of head coaches, it is clear that this has been a deficiency that has until now been steadfastly avoided:
- John Paddock? The man obviously owns shares in Schtick.
- Craig Hartsburg? Smoother cheeks than Mr. Clean.
- Cory Clouston? Was he even capable of growing facial hair?
Murray can rest assured that this highly qualified Head Coach can set a road forward on the ice for the franchise. However he must be aware that should the mustache prove insufficient to the challenge facing it, he will be forced to seek out a beard as a fill-in.
(Seriously, Mr. MacLean, welcome to Ottawa. We're lucky to have you, and I hope that Mr. Murray can give you the pieces needed to build a foundation for future success.)