Jerry Reese grew up in rural Tennessee, not exactly a hotbed for ice hockey. So he isn’t being modest when he sums up his knowledge of the sport in four words: “I don’t get it.”
He also has never met the man who has the Devils playing for their fourth Stanley Cup this week, despite holding the same job title a few miles away. But the Giants GM doesn’t need to understand forechecking to know that Lou Lamoriello is somebody worth studying.
He keeps a binder on his desk filled with stories and notes that helped shape his own philosophy as a team architect. Inside is a newspaper column from June 2000, one his own boss at the time, Ernie Accorsi, left on his desk for him to read.The words made an...