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Is it an advantage to win the Stanley Cup as a young player?

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10-08-2003, 08:13 AM
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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.

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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!

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I've heard that the drive to win the second, third, and each successive Cup is much more intense than the drive to win the first (Mark Messier said it...so did Sergei Fedorov)

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Jagr won two cups as a teen, and said afterwards he was too young to realize how much it meant.

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Patrick Roy won it at his 1st year and knew he would do anything to win another .

He was right and became the best goalie ever .

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Scott Stevens said that once you win it you don't want anybody else to have it.

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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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some people may settle for one cup, but if you have the chance to win more, why wouldnt you try for it? it would make no sense to lose the lust to be the best

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Why wouldn't it be? It's great to win the Cup at any age.

This isn't the NBA or MLB. Players don't become selfish after winning it; they hunger to win it again.

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hahaha Seem you are talking of the ring in Lord of the ring.
IT'S MINE!!

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hahaha Seem you are talking of the ring in Lord of the ring.
IT'S MINE!!
my precious precious ring ... i heard Belfour will sell his ring on ebay in order to buy a muscle car ....

'' Anyways ill won another with the Leafs'' he said in the Totonto Sun

(i'm joking)

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Gretzky also said that the first win was the sweetest, I do believe

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