Lemieux - literally, (one of) the best
By klichong on Jan 26, 2006
I didn't have a chance to blog yesterday about the retirement of Mario Lemieux, and I wanted to take the time to acknowledge such a milestone in Canadian hockey. Sure, there is lots of upcoming young talent but I'm a big believer in respecting superstars who may be past their prime. He is passing the torch on, serving as a mentor to 'Sid the Kid', who is staying in Mario's home, so he can dispense advice to young Crosby. For Mario (as compared to other aging superstars who cannot let go), it was not solely based on his skills eroding; it was more about his body crying "Uncle". Unfortunately, he was forced to literally listen to his heart.
I am not going to debate about whether he was the best, how he compares to Gretzky, or where does he rank in the pantheon of hockey superstars. His skill level still leaves me in awe. Who can forget the non-move during the Olympics in 2002 when he let the pass from Chris Pronger slide through his legs to Kariya? It's not often we highlight the non-move a player makes.
Thanks for the memories, Mario. We'll miss you.