Bravery is not the absence of fear, but the action in the face of fear.
The only pressure I'm under is the pressure I've put on myself.
Like I said, a 30-year-old hockey player, even when I came to New York when I was 30, I was on the downside of my career, pretty much the end of my career.
When you play long enough, everybody goes through spells and streaks and slumps of some nature. I think it's just one of the those things where you have to play yourself out of it.
You always really have to remain consistent in your beliefs and philosophy.
I would never say one was more important or more gratifying than the next because there's a tremendous amount of work, as you know, that goes into winning a cup.
I think the thing you always got to keep in mind, you know, hockey is a game of one-on-one battles.
I've never really spent a lot of time thinking about my individual accomplishments actually.
I haven't celebrated coming in No. 2 too many times.
Obviously every one of them was special to that particular team, all the people that were involved with it.
Well, my transition into being a captain was easy.
Really the team often will take on the personality of its coach.
Coaching really is an individual philosophy.
I never was brought into the league thinking as far as, you know, statistics, things like that. We were really brought into the league in a team concept. Everything was focused around winning.
My jersey hanging from the ceiling is going to be a symbol of the hard work of the people I played with.
Biologically, I'm 10. Chronologically, I'm 33. In hockey years, I'm 66.
As a captain, I think it's important that the players really know who you are and what you stand for, what your beliefs are, and to be consistent in those if things are going good or things are going bad.
We had built up a team in Edmonton that really knew who each other was from a personal standpoint and from a professional standpoint. Our nucleus had stayed together for a long time.
I think now what you're seeing is guys that are in the peaks of their careers anywhere from 27 to 35 years old, seems to be when they play their best hockey.
I think the idea of the obstruction through the neutral zone and away from the puck was an excellent rule.
I played with a lot of great players before. They're all the same. They take a lot of responsibility for their own play, put a lot of pressure on themselves to perform and to play well.
But I just think as a captain, everybody's different.
I think to compare any time you win a Stanley Cup would be unfair to all the players from all the teams.
It's a tough game, and you never want to take that aspect out of the game.
If I had to compare any of the two, I'd compare the first one in Edmonton, the first one here in New York because it had been so long in New York since we had won. Obviously, being the first time to ever win the cup in Edmonton, they were fairly similar in that regard.
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