Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/23/10 at 05:26 PM ET
from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,
Scars are cut below both eyes, separated by a smashed nose that, in a fit of pure symmetry, also is as bent as a hockey stick.
This face fought its way through the NHL, and it shows. Every stitch. Through 1,075 games, dodging fists one shift, exploding in goal-scoring delight the next. Thriving on tough mixed with talent, old-school ice hockey straight from the 1980s.
Fought for 15 seasons the face did, through stops in Detroit, Buffalo and then Toronto, classic winter homes where they celebrate scars and the sacrifices and gashes that forged them.
But now the face is as still as granite, its carved animation frozen, as Mike Foligno ponders this question: Have you lived a day yet without thinking of his late wife?
“No, it hasn’t happened,” he says. “I don’t think it ever will, either. I don’t want to ever forget her. You can’t erase memories. You can create new ones, but you can’t erase memories.”
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