End Of An Era
Dear Ryan Smyth,
Even as a diehard Canuck fan, I was shocked and heartbroken to see you traded from the Edmonton Oilers. You epitomized everything a great hockey player is: all heart, great scorer, ultimate team player, willing to sacrifice your body for the greater good.
You always did what was best for your team, be it the Oil or Team Canada. Your coach could have told you to play goal without pads and you would have gladly done it, if it meant a better chance to win for your team.
I hope (correction: I know) Oiler fans will salute you, Smitty, in a way befitting your stature: as one of the best Oilers of all time. Your postponing any comments till Wednesday to avoid any distractions from the Mark Messier ceremonies is a final act of true class and symbolic of Ryan Smyth’s persona.
Good luck Ryan Smyth, here’s hoping you find the success you deserve. You can play on my team anyday.
True Hockey Fans Anywhere