Very few cities in the NHL have the history or the following of the Detroit Red Wings.
I'm exhausted trying to stay healthy.
I hope people like me and appreciate me the way I am.
Balanced is probably what I am, although that's just a polite way to say that you don't do anything very well.
I don't know if I've ever had a memorable body check. It's not really part of my game.
And for the team, I always tried to do the right thing.
As long as I could remember, since I was 5 years old, I watched the Stanley Cup. I stayed up, made a point of watching it presented, watched the celebration in the locker room, and always dreamed that maybe I'd get there.
We should've been better, more disciplined. We made untimely mistakes defensively, as a group. This is really humbling for us. After winning the Stanley Cup, we got brought back down to earth, hard. Maybe the humbling is good for us in the long run.
We used to play a lot outdoors, not in leagues, but just in our spare time.
I don't know that I'd agree I was our best player.
It's been a great honor for me to be a player for the Detroit Red Wings, to play for an Original Six franchise. I know I'm far from perfect, but I learned a lot.
The 70's hair with the long on the sides, just doesn't look good coming down the sides of the helmet.
I consider the Detroit Red Wings one of the greatest franchises in any sport. For a player to come in and play, it's so special to wear the jersey.
We have to get better at that. All of the Stanley Cup winning teams throughout the past few seasons, when they needed to play defense, they did it. If you can play defense, that's when you know it's game over.
I mean, the best thing for my knee, for anyone's knee, is to never play again and retire. But I'm not going to do that.
I've been hit hard a few times, been hit really hard a few times, but I don't think I've ever left a memorable, lasting impression on anyone I've ever hit.
Since the season ended, I've let things settle down, and I have to talk to the coaching staff and management. I really don't want to turn this into a big drama. So I plan on making a definite decision relatively quickly.
I knew if I wanted to be a general manager, I was going to have to leave to work for another organization.
It's true that in Canada, we pride ourselves on the game, and we like to think we're the dominant hockey nation in the world.
I'm very confident my health isn't going to allow me to be a good player, especially in the spring.
One of the advantages, one of the special things, about playing in Detroit or Montreal is guys like Gordie Howe walk in the room. I didn't know he was here tonight, it was kind of a coincidence to get that assist on a night that he's here.
I'm never gonna play again, and I know I'm really, really going to miss it.
It's almost like you see too much, because when it happens for real, everything flies at you so fast, you never get a sense of the ice and where everyone is at that one moment.
When you're on the ice, you have very little time, you see very little, and everything happens really quick.
I also feel I adapted. I was willing to try to fit into any role. The way I figured, it was always up to me to prove my worth, that I deserved to be here.
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