Is it an advantage to win the Stanley Cup as a young player?
There are plenty of young players that win the cup at 25 or so (Forsberg, Tanguay, Gretzky, Lemieux etc etc). Do you think it may cause the players to lose a bit of desire? The desire you could see for all of Ray Bourques career, or that you can see in lot of the older superstars.
Gretzky claim that once you win it the desire to win it only grows. You don't want to let anyone else get it.
I guess I see it as kind of a "vanilla ice cream is great until you taste spumoni" type of thing. It's nice to get it when you are young; Pavel Datsyuk got it in his rookie season. It makes playing for it after that more of an incentive. You know what it feels like to have it and you want it again.
And yet I can see why the older players appreciate it more too. Just that much more reason to play your heart out night after night.
I don't know...I wouldn't mind it at any age myself!
I'm voing no- after you've won the cup once there is little else to strive for but personal accomplishments.
They may also develop the impression that winning the cup is nothing special after winning it so young.
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