I fell in love with hockey thanks to Brett Hull and Dominik Hasek. The '01-'02 season (yeah, I am relatively new), with (everything about) the '02 Western Conference Finals and Larionov's Triple OT Winner honestly being the crown jewels of my fandom (although I did cry just a bit for the '08 Cup).
Essentially starting the downfall of Marty Turco's career is the moment I fell in love with Pavel Datsyuk.
And he has ruined (Red Wings) hockey for me.
Datsyuk is (or was) a player that will simply mesmerize an audience with dazzling Datsyukian dekes and dangles that leave jock straps hanging from the rafters. At any given moment, you knew he could pull off something magical. Even if it wasn't a goal; he can beat the crap out of Corey Perry and put the biggest, toughest, meanest guys flat on their behinds.
Pavel Datsyuk was/is special. I mean alien or super-human. At least he gave me that feeling. Save Connor McDavid, the NHL doesn't have that anymore, let alone the torture that is Red Wings hockey right now.
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