Amonte amazed by Hull

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

Brett Hull's sudden retirement this weekend caught Calgary Flames veteran Tony Amonte a little off guard.

"Just a little surprised," said the 35-year-old forward a day after Hull called it quits at a teary press conference in Phoenix. "(He was) one of the best goal scorers to ever lace up the skates. He could score from anywhere."

Then again, a year away from the game can be tough on older players.

"Your mind's not thinking about hockey, you think about different things and what's going to go on after (your career)," said Amonte.

Darren McCarty, who won a Stanley Cup for Detroit in 2002 with Hull, was also surprised by his former teammate's decision but doesn't question his motivation.

"Usually if guys are going to hang it up, they don't make an attempt to come back for the season," said McCarty. "I think he said his mind was into it but his body wasn't so you've got to have respect for that."

Hull was either loved or hated for his blunt views on the NHL over the years.

"I got along with him great, he was always a fun guy to be around," said McCarty. "I think the one thing that everybody that played with Brett respected is you always knew where you stood, he always spoke his mind.

"You either get him or you don't and I had the privilege of gettin' him."

As for what Hull, who will be asked to stay with the Coyotes in some capacity, will do in the future, McCarty has a guess.

"Great golfer. Hits it a mile and a half," he said. "You'll see him on the celebrity tour for sure."


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