Coaches and players often talk about the bonds that develop over time. It would be difficult to find a stronger relationship than the one between Devils coach Peter DeBoer and right wing David Clarkson.
Their union has spanned nine years and has the coach and the right wing in the Stanley Cup Final. The player and the coach hold each other in high regard.
"He's a big part of the reason I'm here today," said Clarkson. "As a kid, he believed in me; pushed me in the right direction. When I heard he was coming [to be the coach] I was excited," Clarkson added. "You know what you're getting and he knows what he's getting, as well.
"The kind of season I've had, he's been a big part of that," Clarkson added. "Guys would ask me about him but I think everyone found out pretty [quickly] what he was like; straight-up guy."
Clarkson set a career high with 30 goals and 46 points in the regular season. He has scored three goals and 12 points while playing in all 22 playoff games.
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