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Alex Tanguay retires

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02-16-2017, 02:47 PM
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"Although he wont retire with a Stanley Cup to his name"


Well...you tried..
lol off the top of my head, i'm pretty sure he has a stanley cup GWG.

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Oh god, I'm old.
I know right. I remember watching him play for the Mooseheads.

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02-16-2017, 02:53 PM
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My favourite player growing up.

I met him when I was 5 and he was 18 playing for the Mooseheads just about to get drafted. A friend of my dad worked with the team and went in the dressing room after the game to get him specifically. I got his autograph on my Mooseheads jersey and a picture with him. I still vaguely remember being really nervous but was extremely happy to meet him.

During the year he won the cup, my family made a trip up to Toronto and Montreal to watch him play in one of their east coast trips. My dad found out where they were likely staying and booked a room at that hotel (I think it was the Sheraton Centre) so that I could possibly luck out and meet him and some other Avs players.

We came in from dinner the night before they played the Leafs and who was in the lobby but Tanguay, Forsberg, Sakic, Roy, and Bourque waiting for a cab to go to dinner. My dad brought my Mooseheads jersey and Avs jersey (I'm both a Leafs and Avs fan) to dinner in a bag just in case something like this happened. I walked right past the hall of famers to get to Tanguay. I remember Roy smiling, looking at my dad and saying that we must be from Halifax. I got all of their signatures on my Avs jersey and another one of his on my Mooseheads jersey. Their cab came but he stayed behind for another 5 or 10 minutes to chat with me. I got another picture with him in the lobby and he went to dinner. I have that picture plus the picture from when I was 5 framed on the wall of my parents' basement, which he also signed on a subsequent visit to Halifax. One of the greatest hockey memories I have is watching him score two goals in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals later that year.

I ended up modeling my game after him growing up to a tee. I can still remember all the times that coaches, teammates, and parents were yelling at me to shoot but I opted to make a pass. Thankfully I actually was good enough at my level to hit most of those passes.

Certainly one of the most underrated guys of his time. The vision and passing were close to unmatched most years. I was wondering the other day if he'd announce his retirement soon. I know last year in Colorado wasn't good and figured he might not be getting many calls. Now that he's retired it makes me feel really old.

He was a big part of why I got into hockey when I was younger and I am happy to see him have a long, successful career.

Enjoy retirement, Alex. Thanks for the memories.

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02-16-2017, 03:14 PM
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Lol sorry, didn't really read the article. Fixed the OP.

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Loved playing as those old Avs teams in NHL Hits and stuff.

Great career and happy retirement to him

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Not many players as consistant as Tangs, only 2 bad years and one mediocre season. The rest he was a high-end top 6 guy.

Hats off

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02-16-2017, 03:36 PM
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Fun player to watch, and seemed like a nice dude to boot. Definitely underrated throughout most of his career, too.

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Didn't even think he was still playing...

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One of my favorite players. Wish him all the best.

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Sustained unsustainable shooting percentage for his entire career.
Haha yep.

Hall of very good players for sure


Just played at a steady pace most of his career

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02-16-2017, 04:26 PM
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Didn't even think he was still playing...
didnt have a team this year.

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02-16-2017, 04:37 PM
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Had a shooting percentage above 20% eight different times. Most likely because his highest number of shots were 142 in 02-03.

In comparison Alexander Ovechkin has never had less than 300 shots in a full season, including one year over 500 shots.

Incredibly enough, in Tanguay's rookie season he had less shots than games played. It's also not like he wasn't playing minutes that season, he had 51 points.

Tangs also got close to that mark in 15-16 with 71 shots in 70 games, 44 shots in 40 games in 12-13, and 91 shots in 80 games in 09-10.

It's actually a bit statistically remarkable how little Tanguay shot the puck for a pretty high end scoring forward.

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When they introduced the shootout, we always used to joke that if the Avs used Tanguay, he'd just end up trying to pass.

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A great career for sure, unfortunately for us Tampa fans his season with us was one of the biggest disappointments, not sure why it didn't work out but his poor effort and lackluster performance was really annoying.

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A great career for sure, unfortunately for us Tampa fans his season with us was one of the biggest disappointments, not sure why it didn't work out but his poor effort and lackluster performance was really annoying.
Tough to say for sure but his wife's mother going through stomach cancer while his wife was pregnant probably made performance more difficult during that season.

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Tough to say for sure but his wife's mother going through stomach cancer while his wife was pregnant probably made performance more difficult during that season.
That could well be a reason, given how well he played elsewhere and how popular he seemed to be among Colorado and Flames fans

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I remember creating him in NHL 99. How time flies!

He was crap in Tampa Bay but otherwise a solid career.

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I was always a fan, although I know a lot of Flames fans have soured on him the way he left our team. I remember when we acquired him, I was so excited, I couldn't wait for the season to start.

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Could've won the scoring title in 2004 if he hadn't gotten hurt.

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One of those guys who was just impossible to hate.

He was actually the reason that I first started to take an interest in the draft and hockey prospects in general. I watched him a lot when he played for Halifax, and it was really the first time that the Mooseheads had a guy who was so highly touted going into the draft.

He'll now become a regular mention whenever we get a "Most underrated players of all time" thread.

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Enjoyed watching him play.

Have a good retirement!

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It is a damn shame he never got that elusive cup ring

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It is a damn shame he never got that elusive cup ring

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Congrats on a great career. One of my favorite Flames of all time.

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