ORCHARD LAKE, Mich. -- When great players retire from the Detroit Red Wings, they usually receive the honor of a press conference in the Olympia Club at Joe Louis Arena. They wear a suit. They sit upon a podium with a "HOCKEYTOWN" backdrop. Surrounded by ownership and management, family and friends, they reminisce in a warm, emotional scene.
But Pavel Datsyuk, a four-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy, a three-time winner of the Selke Trophy, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, the Magic Man, announced his departure between sessions of his youth hockey camp at a suburban Detroit prep school Saturday. He wore a warmup suit. He stood between a maroon curtain and a wooden lectern with no logos. His only audience was a small group of reporters, a few TV cameras and rows of empty seats.