When the NHL suspended the 2019-20 season on March 12 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault traveled to his home in Aventura, Florida.
Last April, general manager Chuck Fletcher went to Aventura to meet Vigneault and get to know the veteran bench boss a bit more before naming him head coach of the Flyers.
"I wasn't unhappy to go down," Fletcher said April 18, 2019. "Met him down in Aventura, we met, had a nice dinner."
Good chance Vigneault looked a little sharper for the dinner than he does now. Let's be real, we all probably looked a heck of a lot better last April compared to this April with our appearances.
With no hockey this April, Vigneault is in Gatineau, Quebec, following all the stay-at-home guidelines.
“At the beginning, I went down to Florida," Vigneault said Wednesday on a conference call. "I spent almost a month there. Halfway through my time in Florida, they called back the Canadians to come back to Canada. I went from having a lot of people at my condo complex to very few. I was getting a lot of pressure from family and friends at home to come back to Canada. I would say beginning of April, I drove to Philly for a few days, picked up a few things and basically came back home to Canada, to Gatineau.”
While Vigneault is staying home like the rest of us in quarantine mode, he has let his beard grow, playoff style.
Who hasn't, right?
Quarantine comes at you fast. pic.twitter.com/mxy2X8Hru2— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) April 29, 2020
That's some quality scruff.
If and when the NHL season resumes, everyone knows Vigneault will be on his game, ready for the spotlight and looking sharp.
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