Four-time Stanley Cup winner Claude Lemieux took to the ice for the San Jose Sharks yesterday after nearly 6 years in retirement, and Mark Purdy of the Mercury News is cautiously optimistic. The 43-year-old, who's been a pro for longer than several of his new teammates have been alive, "was solid. That's one of the finest compliments you can pay a professional athlete," Purdy writes.
"I've been dreaming about this since I retired," said Lemieux, who drew an ovation when he took to the ice 2:04 into the game. "The fans gave me that salute on the first shift. That meant a lot to me." Coach Todd McLellan seems to be easing his newest player back into the game cautiously: Lemieux played just seven minutes in the 2-1 overtime victory.