In their words: Remembering the 2003 NHL playoffs

  • Updated: May 4, 2013 - 7:54 PM

Those who helped the Wild make a run to the 2003 NHL Western Conference Finals recall the feat.

 


“We were a team that cared about one another. I think that’s why we had that success even though our lineup probably wasn’t compared to some of the teams we beat.” -- Nick Schultz.



“Every guy had his specific role and they did it. They did their job exactly the way Jacques wanted them to do it. When everybody is on the same page like that, that’s when success happens.” -- Dwayne Roloson.

“We were supposed to be a bunch of has-beens or guys who weren’t good enough on other teams. Everyone had so much to prove.” -- Willie Mitchell.


“We never cheated anyone. It wasn’t always the prettiest hockey to watch, but I think fans appreciated our effort and that we were underdogs.” -- Andrew Brunette.

“There were no passengers on that team. That was a team.” -- Brad Brown.


“I’ve been in dressing rooms when you’ve got high-end players making huge money and been around different egos. We were a bunch of misfits. But we came together as a team. We had so much faith and belief in our system and the way we played it and our coaching staff that we went into every game believing that we had a really good chance to win.” -- Wes Walz

“It was guys who were just itching to stay in the league or get a shot in the NHL. Guys had a lot to prove because they wanted to stay in the league and prove that they belonged.” -- Jim Dowd

“It was a great time, a great experience. To be able to play five games and be a part of that was pretty special. I watched a lot of games [as a healthy scratch]. Just watching the guys and how they prepared, they were really focused and into it and battling hard. It was intense but they were having fun too.” -- Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

“There was no sense of entitlement at all with these guys. They realized that they earned this opportunity and they were just going to try and make that moment last as long as possible.” -- Doug Risebrough

“The very first thing I believe everybody thinks about is the goal that Brunette scored. Every time I think about or talk about that year and that run we had, everything was great, but what comes to mind is Brunette when he scored. The feeling that all the guys had and coaches had, it was unexplainable.” -- Jacques Lemaire
 

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