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.
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.
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.
And for the team, I always tried to do the right thing.
I don't know if I've ever had a memorable body check. It's not really part of my game.
I don't know that I'd agree I was our best player.
People here want the team to win and to do well. The thing is, we know when to shoot the puck.
Darren McCarty is a big video game guy, and he brings his systems with him on the road.
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.
When you're on the ice, you have very little time, you see very little, and everything happens really quick.
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 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.
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.
I'm very confident my health isn't going to allow me to be a good player, especially in the spring.
I'm never gonna play again, and I know I'm really, really going to miss it.
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.
When it gets to this point, it's just hard to pull the trigger.
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 look forward to a lot more free time, at least initially, with my wife, Lisa, and our three children.
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