Instead of going overseas or playing at a different level of professional hockey, as many players have during this year's extended NHL lockout, San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe has taken to coaching, and he's taking some important lessons away from the experience.
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area took a look at Clowe's stint with the San Francisco Bulls as an assistant for Bulls coach Pat Curcio, keying in on special teams and defense for the minor league hockey squad.
"I've realized as a coach, when you get your point across, and you say something works, then they do it and it does work, I think that's the most rewarding thing," Clowe told CSN Bay Area. "I feel like I win too, when we win. When we lose, I'm pissed off too."
The lessons Clowe is learning are also helping the ECHL squad, which is far less equipped than even the lowliest NHL team.
"It's night and day having him around, I can't tell you how grateful I am," Curcio told CSN Bay Area. "The biggest thing is being able to bounce some hockey stuff off someone other than our small staff."