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If you keep performing, and if you stay healthy, you keep playing.
– Joe Sakic
After 20 years in the game, I was fortunate to get away from the game and enjoy my family, which was great for me.
I always said to myself that if I thought I slipped and could not be the player that I want to be, then it was time for me to go.
The time of year I love the weather the most here is the fall, and I’ve never really gotten to experience the mountains and Denver in the fall because I was always playing and traveling.
Obviously there are not too many people who get a chance to play in the Olympics in their hometown. That would be something special, but going into the summer you have to be realistic with yourself, and health-wise and motivation-wise you have to be willing to do what it takes.
I’m leaving the game of hockey with nothing but great memories.
You know what’s good? Going on the ice and knowing that you don’t have to skate when the whistle blows. All my life I’ve been the one skating.
Hockey has given me everything, most importantly it brought me to Swift Current, where I met my wife Deb.
I didn’t know that I’d like it this much, coaching both boys and coming out all the time and seeing how excited they are to play hockey. It reminds you of when you were that age and you wanted to be out on the ice.
As a kid, you dream of winning the Stanley Cup. As you get older, you understand the importance of winning the Olympics.
You need a lot of leaders, but a hockey team needs a voice, not only in the community, but more importantly between the coaching staff and the players. There are always ups and downs in a season; the captain is the guy players look to in those situations.
When you think of hockey, when you think of Canada, you think of Wayne Gretzky.
To be honest, I don’t care how it went in.
You can’t play hockey with a bald spot, so I’m hanging up the skates.
Here in Denver, we want to thank Jeremy Jacobs for the way he runs his business. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have gotten Ray Bourque and won a Stanley Cup.
I’m just happy I got a hole-in-one for the first time in my life.
The more I can hear, the more I can learn, the better off I’ll be.
When you think of Canada, you think of hockey and you think of Wayne Gretzky.
To play in the Olympics, to play for your country, there’s nothing like it. You love doing it and I’m looking forward to it again. We’re all looking forward to trying to win another gold.
My e-mail address is actually my wife’s e-mail address. I actually hate computers.
Once you’re in the game and it’s a part of your life, you never want to leave it. But you have to be committed to be able to travel and do the things you need to do to be successful in whatever role you’re doing.
I always said to myself that the minute I thought I’d slipped, and not be the player I wanted to be, it was time for me to go.
The benefit is competition, the thrill of playing in the Olympics, being an Olympian, playing against the best.
Any free meal is a good meal, you know?