Crush and Devour

By , September 2, 2009 8:46 am
I'm not sure 3 was enough to hold him back.

I'm not sure 3 was enough to hold him back.

Well this sucks. According to this Sportsnet article, looks like one of my favorite players is about to hang them up for good.

Jason Smith was my favorite player for a long long time, and the only player whose name/number I have on the back of a jersey. He was exactly what a captain should be, was a tough player and would stick up for any teammate at any time.

Good on the Sens to give him a position elsewhere. He can teach a lot of people about hard work and class.

5 Responses to “Crush and Devour”

  1. Racki says:

    Good that he’s honest with himself to know when to call it quits. But he had some good years with us here (his best years were definitely here). Too bad he couldn’t be lured in over here.

  2. Smytty777 says:

    Gator was a hell of hockey player for his years in Edmonton, he was on the downhill his last year here and fell off a cliff since then. But he is the type of player Edmonton could use more of. All heart and soul.

    I don’t disagree with getting rid of him (or Ryan Smyth for that matter), but the Oil were easier to love when Smith and Smyth were running the show.

  3. Racki says:

    Yah for sure, Smytty777. Those two were a perfect representation of leadership. Always giving the cliche 110%. But I also agree that it was good timing when the Oil parted ways with both of them.

  4. LateNightOilFan says:

    He looks really skinny in that pic, like he’s sucking in all his air and getting ready to unload! Or could be because of the glove in his throat…

    He was a great captain, a few people are wondering if he was forced out, i.e. retire or it’s the minors, but I think the writing has been on the wall for a while now. He talks more about his decision more in this article:

    http://www.ottawasun.com/sports/hockey/2009/09/02/10716121.html

    Makes me even sadder about the ’06 run now, is he the first on that roster to retire? Hope there is a cup in Jason’s future as a non-player, even though he was part of the organization, he wasn’t part of the NJD win in ’95…would have loved to see him receive and raise that cup in Oiler silks.

  5. Trogdor says:

    I’d like to echo the sentiments of everyone else. Smith was a great captain of the Oil. A leader on and off the ice that wasn’t afraid to get physical, something we haven’t really replaced since he left.

    Similar gritty captaining style to old Kelly B. Different players, yes, but brought the same grit and determination to the rink each night. I’ll never forget when Buchy laid Gretzky out with the forearm shiver. Yeah, we used to play together for years, but you’re on a different team now, so keep your head up.

    We need another one of those.

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