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Chris Pronger should be celebrated as great difference-maker

It was reported this week that defenceman Chris Pronger's NHL career is over. (SUN files)

It was reported this week that defenceman Chris Pronger's NHL career is over. (SUN files)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:59 PM ET

The word came out quietly, not surprisingly, that Chris Pronger won’t play again in the National Hockey League.

But a moment of reflection, celebration and appreciation is necessary.

In the 18 seasons Pronger played, no one in his time changed teams the way he did, making them better by simply being on them, all but destroying them when departing.

He was that dramatic of a difference-maker: Only a handful of players over the past 30 years have his had close to similar impact.

He won a Stanley Cup in Anaheim, two Olympic gold medals for Canada, but it was his play in other places that truly set him apart. He left St. Louis as a 91-point team: The Blues next season played as a 57-point team. In his one season in Edmonton, the Oilers shockingly made their way to the Stanley Cup final. The following season, without him, last place. In his first season in Philadelphia, just like Edmonton, just like Anaheim, his team played for the Cup.

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