Thursday, July 7, 2011

So Long Sully

Montana on the chiefs.  Farve with the Jets.  Gretzky without Messier by his side.  Shortly before the July 1st free agent deadline, general manager David Poile let the predator nation know that he would not be resigning the beloved Steve Sullivan.  Sully came to the Predators from the blackhawks in 2003.  He missed all of 2004 with an injury and in his first game back in the 2005 season, he registered a hatty that sent the crowd into a frenzy.  Sully although short in stature was our own Rudy Ruettiger.  5 foot 8 inches tall sully was never short on talent, and he had more heart and hustle then captain Arnott ever did, but that's not really saying much.  He had one hundred and three goals and one hundred and seventy-five assists totaling two hundred and seventy-eight points.  Thirteen of these points came in the playoffs. 

More important then stats, Steve Sullivan was an inspiration to what athletes should be.  Active in the Nashville community and always willing to train new skaters, Steve Sullivan was the Don Quixote of hockey.  Steve Sullivan was a great step towards winning up a cup, it is a shame that we could not win one with him.  Although time will see his numbers as a Predator buried under young talent and hopefully the next Wayne Gretzky, he should always be remembered as the first great Predator, raise that 26 high.

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