Going out on top special to Recchi

June, 18, 2011
6/18/11
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BOSTON -- Mark Recchi isn't sure some of his teammates have slept since winning the Stanley Cup Wednesday night in Vancouver. His 43-year-old body confirmed to him the past couple days that it's the right time to hang up his skates.

"I got really tired [Friday], I'll tell you that," said Recchi. "That finally sunk in, too. But there's no better feeling [than winning a title]."

Recchi smiled broadly and declared, "No," when asked if there was any chance of luring him out of retirement in the future and said a third Stanley Cup is the perfect way to cap a 22-year NHL career.

"To go out on top, that's something very special, something I'll never forget," said Recchi. "But regardless of what happened in Game 7 [vs. Vancouver], this was going to be one of the best groups I've ever played with on the ice. To get that chance to win with them is incredible."

Before boarding his duck boat, Recchi admitted that "1991 was a long time ago," when trying to recall exactly how the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrated after his first Cup victory. He said the Carolina Hurricanes held a parade in 2006, but, "It's not going to be like today."

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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