Oh, and all of that being said, I'll still miss DW. He's easily one of the nicest, most genuine people (let alone professional athlete) I've ever met. At last year's Dream Night event, he outstayed many of the volunteers, just hanging out and talking with the kids, parents, volunteers...hell, whoever slowed down passing through the room got a chat with him. After he'd signed everything people wanted him to sign, he went and found more stuff to sign in case we could use it for anything else for fundraising or whatever. He also arranged, during his day with the Stanley Cup, for one of the Dream Factory kids who was also a hockey player, to have a private meeting, pics, etc. with him and the Cup. The little boy passed away this past summer, and that picture was one of the ones most prominently displayed at his memorial service.
I'm excited about the trade, but the sappy girly part of me's a little sad, too.
Agreed. I posted elswhere about how that in addition to being a great teammate, he has been a superb ambassador for not only the Blues, but the sport of hockey, in this area. He's one of the really genuine nice guys that I would hope would choose to return here after his career is over.
One of my favorite Doug Weight memories as a Blue, came during the worst of times. We all remember what a miserable start the Blues had during their last place year. With Lalime playing goal with his eyes closed, and Kitchen out to lunch, the team could do nothing right. Then at Super Bowl time, Weight invited the entire team to his place to play cards, talk, drink, watch the Super Bowl, etc..
While they still finished last, after that get together, they started playing much better, and stopped being an embarrasment. I'll always believe Weight's stepping up and being a leader, was a big factor in that improvement.
I wish him a world of success.