Hull Of A Player 

October, 16, 2005
"I wish no one had to do this because it's so hard, it's hard because you never think you're going to grow older and be unable to live up to the expectations you set for yourself." -- Brett Hull, speaking at a news conference Saturday announcing his retirement.

You're right, Brett, we never do think we're going to grow older. It just kind of happens when we're not paying attention.

Brett Hull is older, now. He's 41 years old. And, he hadn't played very much competitive hockey during the past 18 months. When he did -- at the World Cup last September and the first five games of this season -- he wasn't very good. More to the point, he wasn't Brett Hull good. So, from that standpoint, it's no surprise that he's skating away from the game.