Brett Hull storms out of practice
Posted 05 September 2004 - 06:38 PM
Hull storms out of Team USA practice
ST. PAUL, Minn. (CP) - A winner of the World Cup of Hockey tournament has yet to be crowned but Brett Hull already is assured an award - Most Unhappy Player.
Hull, a healthy scratch for Team USA's win over Slovakia, showed up for practice Sunday to find he had been assigned the same green sweater as other Friday scrubs, and he didn't like it one bit. He left the ice 10 minutes before his teammates, again declined interview requests and was out of the Xcel Energy Center in a hurry.
The third-leading goal scorer in NHL history could not have expected to be a spare part in what is probably his last major international tournament for the United States, for whom he's performed beyond the call of duty. To say he's frustrated is putting it mildly.
``Got a minute to talk to reporters, Brett?'' Hull was asked in a corridor outside the dressing room.
``What would I have to talk about?'' he replied.
``Fans want to know how you're doing,'' said the reporter.
``I don't give a (deleted) about the fans anymore,'' said Hull.
End of conversation.
A few minutes later, as Hull headed for an arena exit, he again was asked for a minute of his time. He just kept walking.
The 40-year-old scoring machine has filled reporters' notebooks with candid comments during his remarkable career, which makes his disdainful demeanour now all the more shocking.
``He shouldn't be happy about it and he's not,'' centre Doug Weight said of Hull's reaction to his diminished role. ``But you don't want a teammate who doesn't give two cares about being in the lineup or not, and he cares and he's upset about it.
``If he doesn't want to talk to (reporters) about it, that's part of it. It's part of our job, I agree. But it's (Hull's) right (not to do interviews), I guess.
``He's always given (reporters) plenty to write. He's done a great job performing that part of his job. If something's bothering him or if he doesn't feel like talking for a couple of days, I don't think that should, in a 20-year career, be something that's held against him.''
When the team got wind of Hull's profanity-spiked comment, further attempts were made by the media relations staff to get him to consent to an interview. He again refused.
Coach Ron Wilson was asked if he'd put Hull back in the lineup for a quarter-final elimination game Tuesday. He couldn't say that he would, adding lineup decisions will be made game day. That's not the vote of confidence Hull was looking for.
Wilson would look like a motivational genius if Hull scores a big goal and the Americans win Tuesday. Hull could then take the post-game podium and break his silence, smiling all the while. But if that doesn't happen, one of the greatest players to ever wear the red, white and blue will exit the international stage with a sour taste in his mouth.
The situation isn't harming the team, said Weight.
``He has done nothing to affect our chemistry in a bad way,'' said Weight. ``He has been fine.
``When he gets out there again, he'll still be the most dangerous player on the ice.''
Alas, there won't be a huge audience in the United States. Terry, who at about 550 kilograms is the largest pig in Minnesota, is enjoying more of the public's attention at the state fair than the World Cup is in these parts. No American channel carried the Canada-Russia game Saturday night.
U.S. general manager Larry Pleau went to a hockey pub to see if it had a CBC signal but, no, college football ruled.
Captain Chris Chelios, Hull, Brian Leetch and a handful of others have been U.S. teammates forever - or so it seems.
``We're a close group,'' said Chelios, 42. ``Brett and I are honoured, at our ages, to be part of this team.
``If I have to sit out or Brett has to sit out and if it's for the better of the team, so be it. We know Brett's going to be there for us if he's called on. Hopefully, we've got three more games and he'll be a part of it and get the opportunity to win a game for us.''
Hull wants that chance to let his stick do the talking.
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Posted 05 September 2004 - 06:45 PM
``I don't give a (deleted) about the fans anymore,'' said Hull.
Posted 05 September 2004 - 06:54 PM
Wonder if Gretzky is gonna put him in charge of PR too ???
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Posted 05 September 2004 - 07:14 PM
I just want you all to notice me and people to see
that somewhere deep down
there's a decent human being in me
It just can't be found
So the reason you are seeing this me
Its cuz this is me now
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Posted 05 September 2004 - 07:27 PM
Pleau would've passed on Hull if he hadn't been his GM in St. Louis. I'm almost sure of it. Canada was able to pass on Stevens in 2002, and came out with a gold medal. Sometimes tough decisions have to be made. But bringing a power-play specialist to a tournament like this was a mistake.
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Posted 05 September 2004 - 08:25 PM
Those Devils are Damn Good... DAMN GOOD!!!!
Posted 05 September 2004 - 08:31 PM
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Edited by Devsrule, 06 September 2004 - 09:19 AM.
Posted 05 September 2004 - 08:39 PM
lol i echo that statement
G back to Canada where you belong.
Posted 05 September 2004 - 09:29 PM
What an ass. If I was Ron Wilson, I would have told him to keep going once he left practice, we don't need your negative, unsupportive childish attitude around here anyhow.
Guy might be the 3rd all time goal scoring leader, but he's DONE! He's old and it shows like the rest of Team USA.
Posted 05 September 2004 - 10:01 PM
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Posted 06 September 2004 - 01:05 AM
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Posted 06 September 2004 - 08:40 AM
``I don't give a .... about the fans anymore,'' said Hull.
This is EXACTLY why I'm hoping for a long, very long lockout. I pay Primo Good Money to see the rich pretty boy prima donas' play the game I love. Each year it gets worse, their salary goes up and so does my out of pocket expenses. I can't afford to bring my family anymore, so its just me. And what des the average fan get in return? we get the Golden Brett saying were not worth a shiite.
Fek em all. Lock em out til they lose thier homes and cars and then lets rebuild this League with the talent the Juinors can offer us.
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Posted 06 September 2004 - 10:13 AM
(1) Brett still thinks he is good enough to play and the coaches don't.
(2) The coaching staff are forcing him to see that he isn't good enough to play.
If it's the latter, I can see him blowing off steam. It's a tough shock when someone tells you that you're no longer able to do what you do best.
[B] Err, Canada's returning to the WJ with a more mature team, and the US is going in WITHOUT Parise and a lot of their vets from last year. I don't think it will be as easy. Plus we won't have Fleury in nets.
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Posted 06 September 2004 - 10:12 PM
my thoughts as well.
*dances* I am so glad that people are finally getting to see the pig that I always saw him to be. Maybe this will be the end of all the Hull worshiping... well at least for the moment.
Posted 08 September 2004 - 09:19 AM
At least he's still giving people lots to talk about.
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