Hockey players are different than other athletes. You get hit in the face and they get cut and you go in and you get sewed up and you come back out and play. I’ve very seldom in 30-something years seen a player that doesn’t do that.. Spit your teeth in your hands. ‘Put me in, coach.’
Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter
There’s a reason you can (and many reporters do) describe all my favourite players as “carrying the team on his back.”
The highlight of course was leading the Canucks to within a goalpost of the Stanley Cup in Game Seven of the 1994 Cup Finals. Scoring two goals while playing through broken ribs and torn rib cartilage in one of sport’s most pressure-packed situations, Linden singlehandedly carried a tired, injured and underdog hockey club on his back.
Miller was signed up to run their 2006 Marathon des Sables but had to drop out due to filming the movie Marathon.