from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
As one former player put it: “We all got older, a lot more grey, but the personalities are the same that they were 25 years ago.”
Martin Lapointe summed up why the Detroit Red Wings’ three-day celebration of the 1997 and 1998 Stanley Cup championship teams was such a success: It gave him, Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty and many more a chance to see each other as friends and former teammates, to share stories and laughter and memories.
“Guys don’t change, they just get older,” Lapointe said.
Older, and with other responsibilities. Lapointe is director of amateur scouting for the Montreal Canadiens, trying to help that Original Six franchise win its first Stanley Cup since 1993. Shanahan is the president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, trying to help that Original Six franchise win its first Cup since 1967. The Wings last won the Cup in 2008, and Yzerman took the general manager’s job three years ago to try to freshen that date.
"No doubt about it, he’ll do it," Holmstrom said. "He’s the right person for it."
Below watch a HSJ video with Shanahan, Lapointe, Larionov and Holmstrom.