Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/07/11 at 01:07 AM ET
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Even the immortals, his once-upon-a-time contemporaries now enshrined on Olympus (located at Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ont.), can only sit back, slack-jawed, in wonder.
“You could tell right away that he was special,’’ reminisces Hall of Famer Paul Coffey. “I know people are always saying that after the fact. That they KNEW way back when. But this was so obvious.
“You couldn’t miss it.
“Even I couldn’t miss it.
“The one word that best described Nick Lidstrom when he and I played as a pair - and that’s a long time ago - is the same word that best describes him now: Poise. He literally has not changed.
“You hear about how the game today is better, all the guys are bigger and stronger and faster . . . OK, maybe they’ve got zero per cent body fat and they can bench-press the rink. Great. But they run around like maniacs for 40 seconds, they’re beat, and they come off.
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