There's more than a little bullshit in this rah-rah speech. Even if he's proud of tonight's effort, Volcan's abiding memory of this team will be laced with disappointment. Truth is, he doesn't believe that more than a handful of these players could play for him anytime.
Outside the locker room, parents and friends wait to congratulate the tired team. Players trudge out, with heavy backpacks on their shoulders. Paul Goff's dad is here, having made the trip from California. The Barclays' parents are here, offering greetings to various players and helping them collect their gear.
You might mistake this atmosphere for a post-playoff-game catharsis, where the stakes are high and the players leave every ounce of stamina and emotion on the ice.
But there will be no playoff games for the Arizona State Ice Devils. This will have to do.
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