BOSTON MA - FEBRUARY 09: Mark Recchi #28 of the Boston Bruins celebrates teammate Brad Marchand's goal in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens on February 9 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
43-year-old Bruins winger Mark Recchi told reporters after last night's game that he will retire at the end of the season if the Bruins win the Stanley Cup:
"I’m hoping we go on a long ride, it just makes it real easy for me to say see you later. We win and I say I’m gone. If we win a championship, I’m gone."
When asked what he will do if the team does not win The Cup, Recchi said:
Then we’ll see. We’ll see if I can recover. Obviously take three weeks, a month, see if my body and my head is ready to get back in the grind physically doing the stuff I need to do to get ready for next year.
Recchi knows that the road to Stanley Cup will be a challenge, but he is optimistic and does not have any second thoughts about his decision to return to the Bruins this past off-season:
"That’s what I came back for. And to work on, I know it has been a long time since this team has won a hockey championship. I know the direction Peter [Chiarelli] wanted to go in and I liked it. I still felt great in the summer time and I felt great after the season and I still felt I had something left in the tank at the end of the season even. So I knew I could train well enough to get ready for this year, so I was excited to come back and really try and get this thing. We still have six games left and this has been a good process, we’ve worked hard to get here and now we have to continue it and still keep this momentum going into the playoffs."
Hopefully, the Boston Bruins can send Mark out in style.