I don't care what the guy did as far as Hockey talent, the guy had class! I met Odelein when I was younger, I went to a game in Montreal and my dad and I waited after the game to try and get a couple of autographs. My dad said "It's gonna be hard, they lost the game so the players won't be very happy leaving. I'd be suprised if someone stops for an autograph son." He was right, while I understand that these are professional players and that when they lose it's hard for them with the pressure of being in Montreal, it's cool when they stop buy and sign one for a kid.
The players left, in a hurry, I got two or three signatures from other players, which was very nice of them, but I remember their faces, completely out of it.. They lost.. It was hard..
But one guy came out. Big smile.. Stopped signed whatever people had in their hand, and that was Odelein.. The guy came out, said hi to the fans, took some pics with the ones who were there, one kid in a wheelchair got to get his fist up to Odelien's face for a funny pic, the guy had freaking class! He signed the wheelchair, the shirt, the hat, everything the kid had on him. When the kid left with his dad, Odelein had given him a stick; he then started talking with my dad. "Gotta give tose kids extra care, they go thru so much. If a picture with me makes their day, then I can do better and give them something a little more. I can't imagine what the parents go through knowing that they can't do anything to help their kid walk or run again." or something very close to that.
He proceeded to take a pic with me, signed my stuff and stayed a good 15 minutes just talking to us. I have to say that with all the superstars that were on that team, one guy will always be remembered from that day, Lyle Odelein. He showed that when you have a good heart you can change a kid's memory forever. If he reads this I want to thank him for making that day incredible.