Wow that conference was really sad to watch. It seems that Hull had a standard and he didn't live up to it He truly was an amazing player to watch and I'll miss him.
Hull was indeed fun to watch, but often frustrating as well. As for it being sad, well, its a little sad, but he had a long full career, he just got a little overwhelmed by emotion. Gretzky said the day of retirement is the saddest day of a player's life...for other people, not for the retiring player.
Does nobody bring Kleenex to these things? I think I've only seen maybe 2 press conferences like this where there wasn't any crying, oddly enough both by Saku Koivu talking about dealing with abdominal cancer.
Hull was indeed one of the best players to ever lace up the skates, he had a great career, and should have retired before the season, but that's another matter.
Hull also has the distinction of being one of the whiny-est players ever. He whined about his coaches, he whined, about some of his teammates, he whined about the fans, he whined about singing with a new team who was giving him tons of money...
you know, from the things i've read, he actually seemed to not love the game as much as most players in the NHL. There was a quote of his to that effect in Roy MacGregor's book Home Team about hockey sons and fathers.... Hull admitted he never really took the game seriously... jeez, i wish i still had the book.
anyway, this probably isn't appreciated in this thread, but i wanted to put it in anyway. maybe i can find a copy of the book at the library.
I take it you haven't had a chance to watch any of the Coyotes games this season. They are a hard working team that has lost a few one goal games that really could have gone either way. A couple of lucky bounces this way, or a couple of lucky bounces that way, and you'd be seeing threads about what a genius Gretzky is. They've had their share of injuries, and there are only a few hold overs from '03-'04 to begin with. There hasn't been much offensive chemistry yet, but they've only played five or six games together. I truly don't see them picking higher than 15th at next June's draft. I know, I know, you disagree and I'm an idiot, but we'll just have to wait and see, won't we?
I have now seen two games. I might have called you daft last week but not today. They have really turned it on the last few games. I still don't like them for the playoffs but who knows. They played Vancouver hard and in his good years Cujo didn't mind seeing a lot of rubber. They really do need for the guys who are being paid to score goals to step up though.