Saturday’s 5-2 Edmonton Oilers win against the Vancouver Canucks meant little-to-nothing in the scheme of the 2013-14 season, but it meant a lot to plenty of Oilers fans. That’s because tonight served as the final game of Ryan Smyth’s career, as chronicled in a wide variety of ways.
Naturally, that included a tribute from the team before the big day:
A nod as captain with Andrew Ference on the shelf:
An emotional locker room speech:
A fantastic gesture from his final opponent and long-time divisional rivals:
A goofy-but-endearing political ode:
And yes, as more than a few people speculated, more than a few tears from the retiring 38-year-old:
You could argue that the only thing the night was lacking was an ugly Smyth goal in front of Vancouver’s net, yet another than that, it was pretty much a perfect send-off for a winger who squeezed every bit of production and fanfare one could expect from a limited set of skills.