I woke up today and the sun was gone. The Ren Cen disappeared.
Nick Lidstrom retired.
Can a hockey player be a role model for us in health care? If anyone can, it is Lidstrom.
Master what you do, show up everyday without self interest, go about your work with dignity, class, excellence and without fan fare, make every one around you better when they are on your team.
I bleed Henry Ford blue and I have an English D on my chest.
But the “Winged Wheel” has truly special meaning to me.
I saw Gordie, Fats and Terrible Ted play at Olympia in the glory days. I experienced the darkness of Harkness.
Greatness followed by despair. A tale of hockey teams and of cities.
But for the last 20 years we have seen resurrection of our Wings, the resurgence shared by many but carried by this laconic Swede, the “so called” perfect human. A standard of excellence.
Hockey teams are not cities or organizations, but the talents to create these types of transformations are embodied by our Captain.
We may never see such a player again, and very few of us can achieve what he has in his craft.
But all of us can follow his example of approaching what we do the way he did.
If we do and we do this collectively, we will look back on our careers and do more than any of us can imagine.