The Edmonton Oilers have made it official: Mark Messier's famous #11 will be retired on February 27th, 2007. It should come as no surprise that opposition that night is Wayne Gretzky's Phoenix Coyotes. Gretz would definitely want to be there, not to mention former Messier teammates turned Coyote employees Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey and Louie Debrusk.
Steve Yzerman and Luc Robitaille both retired this season to take front office jobs with the Wings and Kings, respectively. Both attended the recent Board of Governors meetings, and both found the experience as eye-opening. Yzerman in particular seems to be completely at peace over his decision to give up the game.
It sure was nice to see Bobby Hull at Brett Hull's jersey retirement in St. Louis. Best of luck to the Golden Brett as he prepares for his new job at NBC as an intermission analyst. An already strong NBC hockey crew just got stronger.
An upcoming issue of UK Golfer magazine looks at Kent Nilsson's recent attempt to gain his tour card for the European Seniors Tour. I got a sneak peak at the article, courtesy of editor Alistair Philips. Nilsson has a couple of nice quotes, notably "One thing I really like about golf is that you don’t have some guy racing up to you trying to take your head off."
It turns out Nilsson is married to Helen Alfredsson, a Solheim Cup captain. Marrying a professional golfer will only help your game. What does she think of his trying to get on tour? “Helen says getting on tour will be very good for me because she says I won’t make enough money to be able to eat anything so I’ll lose a load of weight!”
It's not often you'll find hockey stories in UK Golfer magazine. Same goes with StandardBredCanada.ca's website. But the harness racing url has an interesting story on former Leaf and Hawk Jim Pappin. Pappy's retirement is all about horsing around.