TRANSCRIPT OF BRETT HULL PRESS CONFERENCE
Brett Hull Press Conference - October 15th, 2005
(On his retirement from the NHL)
"You look at it as your career and I just wanted to play one game. And then to be able to play, I look around and see [Shanahan], [Chelios], Steve Yzerman and Shane Doan, half the league is here, Adam Oates, Mike Modano, there's just so many unbelievable people. I could score but without all them I really wasn't the greatest, but I could score. I had so much fun, it was so much fun day after day. My coaches, my ex-GM and my agent, my family I wish no one had to do this because it's hard. It's hard to think that I'd ever grow older, beyond any of that you have the expectations that you set for yourself and I just thank everyone that ever touched my life in the game. I made so many friends, had so many good times, I just thank everyone. I know I was kind of a pain in the ass sometimes but, you know, that's just the way I am. I think everyone appreciated that about me because it kind of kept everyone on their toes. It's been great and I'm glad I got that out because now I can speak and they told me 'don't let them worry' because I'm going to be the next Patrick Roy coming up soon. I was proud to be a part of this organization and a part of Mike, Wayne and everyone here and a part of the Detroit Red Wings, the Dallas Stars, the Calgary Flames, and the St. Louis Blues who gave me my real opportunity when I was traded there and the friends I made. I just look back, and I'm 41, at all the times and the things we did away from the game, the goals I scored during the game, the big goals, the late goals, it doesn't really matter but it was so much fun and I will never forget that. Jamie Rivers, I'm glad you're here, they are the people who made the game so much fun because of their character and I just hope that the NHL realizes with the new game we have that there's more out there than just the superstars, there's wonderful players with great personalities that can help us make this game great. I'm glad I've been a part of it and I will continue to be a part of it no matter what I've said or done. I really do appreciate it. Thank you!"
(On the decision process)
"There's the old expression, and I don't know who said it, 'the mind is willing but the body isn't' and I kept thinking, Wayne is one of my best friends and he's behind the bench and I'm 41 now, after a year and half lay off I just didn't have what it took anymore."
(On plans for the future)
"No. No real plans just to move on but still be a part of the game because it's a great game and great people. I don't care what anyone says it's the best game there is."
(On going into management or coaching)
"No, not coaching. (laughter) I don't think I'd be very light, but I'd like to stay in the game, maybe in management but not a chance of me coaching."
(On the frustration from a year and a half layoff)
"You know it doesn't matter who came out on top, it's that the game really needed a change. Someone had said that when you look back five to 10 years this might be the best thing to happen to the game, with the lockout. Not for salaries or whatever but just for the fact that they are going to make the game more enjoyable for the fans."
(On wearing No. 9)
"And yeah that's uh to be able to put number nine on was very special because I know what my Dad meant to the game and I also know what I took to kinda try and climb out of his shadow and then to be right back there-it was special. And I wish it could have happened when I was a little younger."
(On what he will miss the most)
"The guys. All of them"
(On great moments on the ice, any that have stood out?)
"My first game I ever played. I remember in the Stanley Cup finals in 1986 there was a brawl after the game. I didn't what the hell I was doing and I was scared to death of Chris Chelios and he just made me be a part of it. And I think that's why we've been close ever since, ya know he didn't take advantage of the situation that I was in. Not a lot of guys in that situation that would have done that."
(On Wayne's reaction - did he try to talk you out of retiring)
"No, no he didn't. I think he felt that I was in the exact same spot that he was in a couple of years ago when he did it. He said you did what you were supposed to do and play till the bitter end and you find out if you can or you can't. Then you know its time instead of looking back latter and saying "God, I wonder if I could have done it."
(On being in the broadcasting booth)
"I don't know, I'm just gonna take some time off and feel whatever comes my way. If that's a possibility then I wouldn't pass up that opportunity to help this league grow and go in the direction that it needs to go."
(Opportunity to remain with Coyotes organization.)
"After a couple days or weeks we can talk and see where things go from here. No matter what I have said in the past or what you guys think I feel that I really understand the game and can help somebody."