By Brian Compton
NHL.com Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA — All those rides on the bus through the night, from Atlantic City to Cincinnati in blizzard conditions, from Trenton to Peoria that featured an unscheduled six-hour stop due to a busted spark plug, from Norfolk to Hershey … they all were worthwhile Wednesday night.
Mike Haviland, a virtual unknown in the coaching world less than a decade ago, continued to make a name for himself when he raised the Stanley Cup high above his head at the Wachovia Center as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3 in overtime, to win this pulsating Stanley Cup Final series in six games.
A native of Middletown, N.J., the 42-year-old Haviland added a third championship to his resume with Wednesday’s win. Haviland won ECHL titles with the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies in 2003 and the Trenton Titans in 2005 before the Blackhawks hired him to coach their American Hockey League affiliate. In 2007, he was crowned AHL Coach of the Year for his work with the Norfolk Admirals.