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Modano, J.R. not bowing out, but aging with grace

Updated: May 2, 2008, 12:04 PM ET
By Adam Proteau | The Hockey News

Ninety-nine percent of the time, the lessons of professional sports are lessons in humility. Hostage to the whims of chance, unexpected bounces and bad breaks to begin with, athletes don't even have the consolation of knowing years of experience are guaranteed to bring them that much closer to their ultimate goal.

That's why I'm always fascinated and impressed to watch once-great hockey players deal with the punches doled out by Father Time and slipping skills. Steve Yzerman is perhaps ...

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