By John Vogl
Jochen Hecht announced his retirement from the NHL tonight and said goobye to Buffalo. Ryan Miller, while speaking in general about change, might have bid farewell, too. Their quotes:
Hecht -- "It’s best for everybody to start a new life. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve got some great memories. I lived here and loved this place for 10 years, 11 years, and Buffalo became a second home to me.
"Buffalo has been like a second home for everybody. I was fortunate enough to play my first game in Buffalo with St. Louis, and I played my last game in Buffalo. It’s kind of full circle, came around. It was a lot of fun."
Miller -- "Everything comes to an end. It’s not always clean and easy. Most of the time, it’s little bit dirty and not any fun. It was hard to watch these guys kind of leave a team one by one, but it’s the nature of sports, nature of life. You can’t just hold on to something that’s not sustainable. Everything becomes stagnant if you’re always trying to hold on to one thing.
"You have to keep searching. You have to keep talking to people, meeting people, living life. That’s when things happen for you. That’s when things like winning a championship can happen is when you accept that you can’t just hold on. You have to let go a little bit.
"I’ve just been talking to a lot of people in the last year or so about those kind of things. The common thing is that right there. You don’t chase it. You just experience life and you do the right things, and those things just kind of happen."