A "remarkable Hockey Mind"
[Blake] was as splendid as the teams he ruled with an iron fist, because he was the best coach of his time—and beyond.
He wore his strengths on his sleeve: the dedication, the humor, the violent temper, the remarkable hockey mind and the unflinching loyalty to his players and to the Canadiens organization. He coached the way he had played in the National Hockey League for 15 seasons. Hard. Mean. Intimidating. All-out.
Source: Ottawa Citizen, May 18, 1995, p. D1.