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Hejduk Heartbreak

08/02/2008 at 4:24pm EDT

From Hcpce.cz, this electrifying news:

PARDUBICE — Mistrovská sezona 2004/2005 byla pravděpodobně poslední, kdy mohli fanoušci pardubického hokeje vidět na českém extraligovém ledě kanonýra Milana Hejduka…

Blah blah blah… read the rest here. Fortunately, Mr. PPA pulled his head out of his pile of Lawrence Block novels for me, just long enough to sum up that interview with Milana Hejduka in English:

image“Sorrowful news: Milan Hejduk says he’s probably retiring (from hockey altogether, not just the NHL) when his Avalanche contract is up in two years. His knee appears to be deteriorating.”

HeyDuke? Deteriorating? Breaking down? And all at the cost of $8 million to the Avs over the next two years? Alas, that would be such a shame.

And yet strangely, I’m not as sad as my PPA friend. Go figure. ;)

P.S. The hockey card is mine, part of a series I created during the 2006 Playoffs. That was when my

fu#@&!ing bastard team

Vancouver Canucks were sent golfing for the first time in 6 years, and so I had plenty of time on my hands.

And clearly, the bitterness to fuel it. But dammit, I still think that card stands the test of time…

P.P.S. (Update 10:15pm PT):

Since it appears that nearly every Avs fans who comments on this post—with the exception of Greg (i.e. who is also Mr. PPA, who did the translation for me, up above) and the always-friendly Shane of the Colorado Avalanche Talk blog—seems to have no sense of humor, I thought I should add that I am actually a fan of Hejduk. The hockey card was a joke (TWO YEARS AGO!) and not a freakin’ political statement against the guy.

Good God, why must so many hockey fans be so uptight??

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