Got a fave Francois Beauchemin story?

Posted: 02/11/2011 by bc in Uncategorized

After Frankie had been here and paired with Scot Niedermayer for about three weeks, Beauch asked teh Ducks captain  a question. “Is there anything more I can do to help?” He wanted to know.

“Just do what I do,”  said Scot.The next game Carlyle and Farrish kept the pair united. Scot got the puck at the point, looked at his options and attacked the net. Beauch left the point and attacked the net right along with Nieds.

IIRC, Getzlaf was third man high on the play and looked very confused as the D-men abandoned the opposition blue line to attack the net. The same situation happened twice more. Niedermayer got the puck at the point and attacked the net. Beauchemin abandoned the point and attacked with him.

At shift change there was an immediate conference among coach Carlyle, Beauch, Niedermayer and Farrish. Beauchemin did most of the talking. Suddenly, Carlyle walked away shaking his head in disbelief. Then Farrish did some ‘splaining and Francois never again left the point when Scot attacked the opposition net.

I’m not sure but I don’t believe Scot Niedermayer ever again told a teammate, “Just do what I do.”

  1. czhokej says:

    After the game: Beauch looked good in Calgary, physical, hard shot, very few mistakes.

    • BackCheck says:

      Yeah from what I saw too cz. Watched the first. Dozed off. Woke up in time to see Selanne’s tying goal. Fell back asleep. Woke up in time to see Fowler’s backhander.

      Another great Beauch memory was the standing O he received in his first game back after knee surgery in 2009. Can’t remember if it was his first or second shift. Beauch took the puck behind the net. Stopped to look and a sellout crowd immediately rose to their feet. Both teams then decided to make a change and the standing O was extended maybe half a minute or so.

      Francois Beauchemin soaked it in and broke into an ear to ear smile.

      That Beauch was then allowed to walk without even so much as phone call from Bob Murray speaks volumes about how little this org, under Murray, considers us fans.

  2. bbdux93 says:

    I hope the guys like Frankie as much as the fans. The rest we have no control over and as you point out – the front office doesn’t care what the fans think

    • BackCheck says:

      Isn’t that the reality of business bbudx93? A business owner once told me that his loyalty and priority was first to his employees, second to his suppliers and his customers were third and last on his last. Was and/or is he right?

      I was kind of surprised but it made sense.

  3. bbdux93 says:

    BC, it depends on the type of business. When I lived on Maui I worked at one of the large hotels. Our business depended on how well we treated our guests. We were often reminded they had choices and if their experience with us didn’t meet their expectations they would likely never return. We were told helping to make their dreams come true is one of the most important things that you can do!

    I’ve also worked in the construction industry where the loyalty was much more as you describe it. Without the very best workers the impact on the owner’s bottom line could be devistating. The suppliers were also crucial to making a profit. The customer, at that time there were many and there was little loyalty or great consideration given to what they might want. We gave them our best price, met the required deadlines and provided warranty work. That was all that was required and all that was provided.

    In So Calif the “customer” has many options for how they will spend their entertainment dollars, so I am surprised there is not more consideration given to what they want.

    • BackCheck says:

      Interesting bb, so it depends on the industry? The guy who said that to me was in the graphic design business. Among the surprises about both the Ducks and Kings is that neither has done much to recruit Russians despite the growing numbers of Russian ex-patriots relocating to SoCal..

      Scary thought. All of Bob Murray’s decisions are based on winning without regard to other market factors. Yikes!

  4. czhokej says:

    Interesting discussion. I believe in customer satisfaction.

    Burke (and Carlyle) did not like European players, I heard. We have now three Finns (because of Teemu), one Slovak, one Swede, one Swiss, one Italian. No Russians.

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