Farewell, Magnificent One

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

Maple Leafs players and coaches paid tribute yesterday to Mario Lemieux, who retired earlier in the day.

"It's a big loss for hockey," Eric Lindros, Lemieux's Team Canada teammate at the Salt Lake Olympics, said. "Just playing with him in 2002 was fantastic. He was hurt and still was a phenomenal asset. He was scary in the early 1990s. And who can forget his goal in the '87 Canada Cup?"

Tie Domi spoke with Lemieux by phone yesterday.

"I think he was relieved," Domi said, referring to Lemieux's health issues.

UNION DUES

Maple Leafs players were tight-lipped about the decision by the U.S. department of labour not to look any further into complaints regarding the hiring of NHLPA boss Ted Saskin. The Leafs were one of the teams not to allow Saskin into the dressing room. "I'm sick of the whole thing," player rep Bryan McCabe said.


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