“Whoever wins that Cup is going to feel just the same way about winning it ... whatever day they win it.”
Jim Rutherford was speaking on a conference call with a group of us Pittsburgh reporters Wednesday afternoon and, first of all, it was good to hear his voice. Or from anyone associated with the Penguins, who'd been strikingly silent since the coronavirus outbreak canceled their game in Columbus and sent all of us scattering our very, very separate ways.
It was welcome. He handled himself with all the class we've come to expect, expressing concern first and foremost for everyone's well being even when addressing a question about actual hockey.
As he elegantly worded, "We live in a great country and we live in a great, great city where people have gone through tough times, and we’ll pull through this together.”
Beautiful. So very Jim.
But I won't lie here: It was the actual addressing of hockey that had me the most uplifted.