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"Itís unbelievable"
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April 23, 2003; 17:09
"Itís unbelievable"
Krefeldís championship coach Butch Goring speaks out
Frank Johne

 
"You canít get rid of me now" - Goring (right, with assistant Karel Lang)

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Munich, Germany - Butch Goring has added another championship ring to his collection. A winner of four Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders as a player and two Turner Cup (IHL) championships with the Denver/Utah Grizzlies as a coach, the Manitoba-native led the underdog Krefeld Pinguine to their first-ever DEL title. Here is what the 52-year-old had to say after the dramatic championship-clinching Game 5 win in Cologne.
 

Four-time Stanley Cup winner Butch Goring: "To win as an underdog is special"
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prohockey.de: Coach, after squandering a 2-0 series lead, your guys had their backs to the wall, trailing 1-0 after two periods tonight. But they put on a big rally and clinched the championship with three third-period scores.

Butch Goring: It was an unbelievable game. We saw two really, really, good hockey teams tonight. We had a little bit of luck here and there, but we really worked hard.

prohockey.de: Your team seemed to be unstoppable after the first two games of the best-of-five series. But the KŲlner Haie came back, tied the series and seemed to have all the momentum going their way coming into Game 5. How did you approach the final game of the season?

Butch Goring: It was tough to lose at home the other day. But we came in here and said: You know what, weíre gonna play our best and see what happens. We gotta give our guys a lot of credit to come back here and play the kind of hockey game they played. Itís unbelievable, a huge victory. Everybodyís excited.

prohockey.de: You were part of many championship teams as a player and as a coach. Was this just another championship run for you or a different experience?

Butch Goring: Some of the championships I was involved in, we had the best team and were expected to win. But the Krefeld Pinguine werenít expected to win. We almost didnít get into the playoffs and each and every round, everybody kept saying: As long as you make a good showing, everybody would be happy. We kept making a better showing. To win as an underdog certainly has a special meaning for me.

prohockey.de: Are you going to stay in Krefeld?

Butch Goring: Iím staying. You canít get rid of me now.
Frank Johne

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