Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/09/10 at 02:09 PM ET
from John Grigg of The Hockey News,
First off, the kid who grew up idolizing Borje Salming and Anders Eldebrink sounded pumped for this season. At 40, the six-time Norris Trophy winner and nine-time first-team all-star is still one of the league’s best - many will tell you he got jobbed out of another Norris nomination last year - but understands that with age things come a little harder, even for first-ballot Hall of Famers.
“I think if you don’t have that motivation it’s hard,” said Lidstrom of keeping things going during the summer. “It’s tough to go through the off-season workouts everyone is doing to get ready for a long year; it takes its toll on your body. You have to be motivated to be ready to go through that and to be ready to play.
“And once you start in September it’s every day; you have to show up every day and you have to be motivated to be able to do that, too. I’m still motivated. I’m still looking forward to the season. And when August comes around, you want to get back on the ice again - I still have that hunger and I still have the desire to play.”
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