"I had no clue what I was getting into. With my style of play, everybody thought I would be home after half a year. I had seen one NHL game on TV. It was the Rangers and St. Louis, and I saw it on tape. So, I had no clue what I was getting into, but it went the other way. I did really well. It was the best time of my life." -- Jorgen Pettersson
"It used to be Czechoslovakia and we call each other brothers in a sense and speak pretty much the same language. I'm not surprised that there are a lot of fans and media here. There are some Slovak and some Czech media here that I have dealt with in the past."
-- Marian Gaborik
I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.