You had to love the Scott Stevens number retirement ceremony last week.
Where the retirement of Mark Messier’s number 11 was more about bombast and how he was perceived by the New York media, Stevens’ retirement was really about hockey and his career.
The ceremony was nothing more than a chance for the fans to say goodbye to a beloved player. It was simple and truthful and respectful.
But I think the biggest tribute to Stevens was the 60 minutes of oppressive hockey his team played right afterwards, against one of the league’s best teams.
Stevens was still able to inspire his team, even from the rafters.
It was pretty cool.
Too bad the game was followed by plane trouble (login info.).
I think that kind of brought everyone down.