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Avalanche Retire Milan Hejduk’s Number

August 28, 2019


[ MUSIC ] THE SIXTH PLAYER TO HAVE HIS NUMBER RETIRED. NUMBER 23, MILAN HEJDUK . THE ALL-TIME LEADER IN GAMES PLAYED AS A MEMBER OF THE AVALANCHE. MILAN HEJDUK HAD HIS JERSEY RETIRED LAST NIGHT, JOINING THE OTHER GREATS. HE PLAYED HIS ENTIRE 14 YEAR CAREER WITH THE AVS, SECOND IN CAREER GOALS. HE SAID HE NEVER DREAMT ABOUT PLAYING IN THE NHL, AS A KID HE LIVED IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA AND KNEW VERY LITTLE OF THE OUTSIDE WORLD. HE ARRIVED IN COLORADO IN 1998 AND MADE THE MOST OF HIS OPPORTUNITY.[ MUSIC ] HE HAS IT AGAIN, AND GOAL. UNBELIEVABLE! I GREW UP IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC, I STARTED PLAYING HERE AND NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD MAKE IT. THE BORDERS OPENED UP AND WE STARTED WATCHING NHL, I THOUGHT THERE WERE NEW POSSIBILITIES. FROM YOUR UPBRINGING TO YOUR LIFE NOW, WHAT IS THAT LIKE? COMING FROM THAT TIME, IN THE EARLY CZECH REPUBLIC, IT WAS A TOTAL DIFFERENT LIFESTYLE. I BARELY SPOKE ENGLISH SO THE START WAS ROUGH, BUT I PUSHED THROUGH IT. YOU WERE DRAFTED BY THE BACK, AND THE FRANCHISED — QUIBEC, AND THE FRANCHISE MOVED TO COLORADO. WHEN THE TEAM MOVED TO DENVER, THEY WON THE CUP RIGHT AWAY. WHEN YOU THINK BACK TO THAT ERA, AND A COUPLE OF THOSE SUPER TEAMS, WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? BEFORE EVERY SEASON, YOU KNEW YOU WOULD MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. IT JUST MATTERED HOW FAR YOU WOULD GO. IT WASN’T SUCH A TREAT, THE CONFIDENCE AND THE LOCKER ROOM, NO PANIC WHATSOEVER. THE TEAM WAS STRONG, WE CAME UP WITH A LOT OF VICTORIES. INCLUDING THE SECOND STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2001. I REMEMBER THE LAST MINUTE, WE WERE JUST PUSHING THE CLOCK. IT WAS, IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING. EVERYONE JUMPED UP AND WAS HUGGING. IT WAS JUST AN AWESOME FEELING. NOW HE JOINS FIVE OTHER MEMBERS OF THAT TEAM TO HAVE HIS NUMBER RETIRED. SOMEONE MENTIONED THAT ONCE MY JERSEY IS UP, IT WILL BE A MIX OF PLAYERS. IT WILL BE VERY AWESOME. IF YOU LOOK AT THE NAMES ALREADY THERE, IT IS HALL OF FAMER’S, I NEVER THOUGHT MY JERSEY WOULD BE UP THERE. HE STILL IS IN PARKER WITH HIS WIFE AND TWIN BOYS.

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  • Reply YeetKeetEat July 6, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    They should retire Lindros's number because he's one of the main reason's why Quebec relocated and Roy couldn't be traded to the nordiques because montreal had a rivalry with them so when they relocated to Colorado he was able to get traded

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