Hockey is a unique sport in the sense that you need each and every guy helping each other and pulling in the same direction to be successful.
One hundred percent of shots not taken don’t go in.
People talk about skating, puck handling and shooting, but the whole sport is angles and caroms, forgetting the straight direction the puck is going, calculating where it will be directed, factoring in all the interruptions. Basically, my whole game is angles.
I miss all the shots I don’t take.
A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.
I don’t like my hockey sticks touching other sticks, and I don’t like them crossing one another, and I kind of have them hidden in the corner. I put baby powder on the ends. I think it’s essentially a matter of taking care of what takes care of you.
I think the greatest thing about playing obviously is winning, and you can’t replace that experience with anything.
Competitive spirit is still at a premium. The more you win, the better you play, the more money you make, so they all have that in mind.
We feel fortunate [with Canada hockey team]. We have got a lot of guys who love to play, but they also love to win even more. We are pretty happy. Although we are young, we like our group of players.
It doesn’t matter what I think. It doesn’t matter what other people think. You have to get on the ice and participate and play and the best team wins.
Lifting the Stanley Cup for the first time. There’s nothing like it. It’s the greatest story. In my era, they used to say you couldn’t be a superstar without winning one. I remember thinking when I lifted it: “Now they can’t say that about me.”