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Continued: It's exit Setoguchi, enter an antagonist in Cooke

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 6, 2013 - 8:41 AM

“I still feel that’s the way I need to play to be successful,” Cooke said. “For me, it was eliminating the high-risk hits, and I always approached it to go out and get the biggest hit possible. With the speed of the game and the way [you can’t] hold up, it just brought in some situations that were a lot more dangerous.”

Cooke was on the 2003 Canucks team that blew a 3-1 series lead to the Wild in the playoffs. He had several run-ins with Wild players over the years.

“I’m sure there’s a lot of fans that aren’t fond of me and they remember when I played for Vancouver, but hopefully I can change their opinion quickly,” Cooke said.

 

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