-Perhaps it was just an isolated incident starring a clueless chap, but an eye-rolling moment after the Pittsburgh Penguins played the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night in Raleigh, N.C. might give a glimpse into how off the radar hockey is in most of the southern U.S.
After the game, reporters were interviewing Penguins captain and owner Mario Lemieux in the visiting locker room. A local scribe wandered into the room, glanced at the hockey legend and puzzled, said not quietly and to no one in particular: "Who's that guy?"
Er, just likely the second most recognizable hockey player ever. Wonder if he'd recognize Gretzky if he saw him? (via the Globe and Mail)
-Mark Messier on HNIC last night, "A big part of me felt like I had had enough, achieved as much as I could achieve, and I didn't feel there was a lot more for me to play for," he said. "When I did play, the most important thing for me was to win. And maybe winning just wasn't as important as it once was, and I think once I really came to terms with that, that was kind of the deciding factor for me."
-The return of the NHL wasn't exactly a splash. It was more like feathers hitting the water. (Arizona Republic)