I have been a Ducks fan from day 1 and today is one of the saddest days I have had as a fan of the Ducks. But is also a day to celebrate. What a career our captain has had. No words that I type do this man justice but I will try. He was a great person on and off the ice and although I never knew how he was in the locker room, I cannot think that he would be that different. While most fans are disappointed and I am among them, Scotty has earned the right to hang them up. A winner of the Memorial Cup, World Junior Championship gold, IIHF World Championship gold, two Olympic gold medals for Canada, four Stanley Cups and the World Cup. What a list for the kid born in Edmonton and raised in Cranbrook. Not only was he a first round draft pick but he was and is a first class person as well and a fan favorite. Time will tell if that will be the last 27 we will see in a Duck’s sweater but I think it should. Thank you Scotty for everything you have done. You will be deeply missed.
But where do we go from here? We move on. Our next captain whoever that might be will have some large shoes to fill. Our guys can do it. Our defense will need to replace a major component. Our guys can do it. We will need someone to step up in the power play. Our guys can do it. Am I saying that we have all the pieces in place to pull it off? Not yet but I do believe that our guys can do it. Have faith Ducks fans. As much as we want to mourn the loss of our great captain everyone has to hang them up at sometime. We need to move on and our guys who don the black and orange need to pull together to replace Scotty. Our guys can do it. The real question is will they? Only time will tell.