Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A Hull of a night

"From the day I arrived in St. Louis, you made me feel like I was born and raised here," Hull told the crowd. "Unfortunately I wasn't able to retire here, but I can tell you my heart never left."

9 Comments:

At 12:46 AM, December 06, 2006, Blogger Nick said...

Looking back at all those clips of what St. Louis used to be made me think about how amazing it is they never won the cup during those years.

You've got to feel bad for guys like Adam Oates and Curtis Joseph that never won a cup.

Also, those guys doing the play-by-play during the games in St. Louis are horrible.

 
At 7:32 AM, December 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love these ceremonies. Nothing more cool than seeing a tough grown man trying his best not to cry. Great stuff.

 
At 9:39 AM, December 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Probably the first time we've seen someone have his ex-wife and new (trophy) wife both there and both acknowledged.
2) Probably the millions in the settlement made that go a little smoother. ; )

 
At 11:31 AM, December 06, 2006, Anonymous thehockeychick said...

A well-deserved honor and a shame he did have to go elsewhere to win a Cup. But as the fans in Beantown still love Ray Bourque and understand he had to go elsewhere to win a Cup, so do Hullie fans in the Show-Me-State. I'm just happy Blues fans showed true appreciation for one of our best by selling out the Scottrade Center. If only they could do that on a regular basis...

 
At 3:29 PM, December 06, 2006, Blogger girlysportsrant said...

A very touching ceremony and a well-deserved honour. Flames fans are still mad that they traded Hull, but the parts in return were keys in the 1989 Cup win.

Nice to see a sellout but most were probably dissapointed with the performance. A 5-1 buttwhooping.

Maybe next time they retire a jersey, they should pick an easier opponent to play!

Examples:

Vernon's 30 is going up on Feb 6 (Chicago at Calgary)

Messier's 11 is going up on Feb 27 (Phoenix at Edmonton)

Almost certain victories!

 
At 3:49 PM, December 06, 2006, Blogger Doogie said...

Yeah, but Girly, the Oilers lost to the Coyotes when they retired Coffey's 7 last year. The Oilers suck in ceremony games. See also Messier's eternal retirement in New York last year.

 
At 6:12 PM, December 06, 2006, Blogger Nick said...

Hull probably has more friends/ex-teammates on the Wings anyway

 
At 8:48 PM, December 06, 2006, Anonymous Chris DeGroat @ The Checking Line said...

Sadly, there is no easy opponent for the Blues. :(

 
At 11:33 AM, December 08, 2006, Blogger Wardo said...

Savard. Hull. Soon, Messier. Who's up next? Niewendyk?

I always enjoy the retirement ceremonies, seeing the silver-haired vet tearing up a bit, waving at the crowd, the red carpet...it's a nice vibe.

But I believe the only team that is doing any forward-thinking on the issue is the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The game has only been around for 100 years, and "all-time" greats in most arenas have untouchable digits hanging from the rafters. Look at Montreal - they have TWELVE retired numbers, and they're all the cool ones, too. Boston, eleven... Someday, the only numbers available for players will be horrible football numbers like "80" or "78". I hate how that looks.

In all the years of hockey to come, there will be someone else to carry the torch of the greatest player in the game...and historical precedent will demand their jersey hang with the rest.

When will teams finally draw the line at retiring jerseys?

I believe Toronto has taken the right tack on this - honour the numbers, but keep them active. This way, the veterans are appropriate saluted, the great history of the team is honoured and kept alive with active numbers, and the issue of availability of future numbers is preserved.

But even their strategy could be tweaked; clubhouse rules should dictate that only veteran players be granted the right to wear an honoured number. It's a disgrace to see Slugobov motoring around wearing #9 on his back.

Still. I love seeing the classic numbers out there on the ice - 7, 9, 14, 16...it's a crying shame that such beautiful numbers will never be available again in Montreal.

 

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