OK, so Keith Tkachuk's(notes) farewell to the St. Louis Blues fans didn't pack the emotional wallop that Mike Modano's(notes) spontaneous, tear-filled moment had for the Dallas Stars. Different players, different circumstances.
But who said it was a competition, right? The Blues fans chanting "Keith Tka-chuk" to end the final home game, Big Walt's words to the crowd in a postgame ceremony and his lap around the ice with his family made for a memorable sendoff to one of the best players of his generation:
"He's huge and he likes to go in front of the net." Every father should be so lucky to have a son that can describe his occupation so succinctly ...
Here's another look at Tkachuk skating with this family after playing his final NHL game:
Blues reporter Andy Strickland tweeted that Tkachuk will not travel with the Blues to their final game of the season at the Nashville Predators, meaning that his NHL career ends with 1,065 career points in 1,201 regular-season games with the Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, Atlanta Thrashers and St. Louis Blues.