Lombardi is used to getting teased about his lengthy meetings with players in his office.
“I enjoy that part of the job,” he said. “Maybe it’s like my wife said, because we don’t have kids, you think you’ve got 20 at the rink. Other than winning, the second-best part of the job is watching these guys be the best they can, watching them grow up.
“Watching them make mistakes on and off the ice. But then watching them hug each other when they have success is the best part of this job.”