Bravery is not the absence of fear, but the action in the face of fear.
I started as a fourth-line fighter, went to being a third-line centre, then a second-line winger and a first-line centre. I've played every role there is, and the only thing that matters is helping the team win.
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.
The only pressure I'm under is the pressure I've put on myself.
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.
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.
My jersey hanging from the ceiling is going to be a symbol of the hard work of the people I played with.
Obviously every one of them was special to that particular team, all the people that were involved with it.
When I left here I left everything here. It's time to move on
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.
You always really have to remain consistent in your beliefs and philosophy.
Well, my transition into being a captain was easy.
I think the idea of the obstruction through the neutral zone and away from the puck was an excellent rule.
When Wayne was traded, I became captain. For me it really wasn't anything - I didn't do anything or I didn't feel I had to do anything different than what I had been doing all along.
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.
I think the thing you always got to keep in mind, you know, hockey is a game of one-on-one battles.
There was a time there in the mid '80s to the '90s there that we played six finals, three Canada Cups, we were playing hockey almost 10 months a year for a long time there.
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.
Really the team often will take on the personality of its coach.
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.
Coaching really is an individual philosophy.
Biologically, I'm 10. Chronologically, I'm 33. In hockey years, I'm 66.
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.
But I just think as a captain, everybody's different.
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