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Camp Profiles in Courage: Rick Tocchet

by Dan Rosen /
LAS VEGAS -- Rick Tocchet's jersey hung in his locker stall Thursday afternoon, but the ex-player and coach was mysteriously absent from the on-ice portion of Wayne Gretzky's Fantasy Camp.

Now we know why. We just wish we didn't.

"Well, I didn't dress, I had kidney stones," Tocchet informed "It's the first time I ever had them and probably is one of the most painful things I've had in my life. I'd actually rather fight Marty McSorley five times and have my hands tied behind my back than have what I had. I'm sure that people that have had them will attest to that."

To his credit, Tocchet was here Friday to adhere to the commitment he made to The Great One.

Talk about a profile in courage.

"Well, if I didn't play Wayne was going to cut me," he said. "So, I had to show up."

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