Leading Off

Oct. 06, 2014
Oct. 06, 2014

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Oct. 6, 2014

  • Deceptively fast. Smoother than you'd think.... You can tag Matt Forte with all of the backhanded compliments you want, but the facts remain: He's the brain and the heart of Chicago's (maddeningly) lethal offense, and he's more important to his team than any other back in the NFL

  • Poor starts? We've seen a few—and we're not even counting the suspended likes of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson


Leading Off

Photographic Memories

This is an article from the Oct. 6, 2014 issue

On the eve of the NHL season, SI asked some of hockey's biggest stars to pay tribute, in their own words and handwriting, to players from the past (and present) who mean the most to them

PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY VICTORIA WILL FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDRangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist on Dominik Hasek He was just so dominating when he was on top of his game. Never seen a goalie make so many highlight saves.PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONDAVID E. KLUTHO/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (HASEK, YZERMAN); PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONS BY SI PREMEDIAFlyers center Claude Giroux on Steve Yzerman He was a great Leader and great player offensively and defensively. His determination was fun to watch. He knew how to get the job done. He would play with passion. He would play hurt and work hard at all times.PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (FORSBERG)Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and Peter ForsbergPHOTOGREGORY BULL/AP (CROSBY)Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney CrosbyPHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (YZERMAN)Stars center Tyler Seguin on Steve Yzerman This is a photo of Steve Yzerman. He was my favorite player growing up as a kid. His style of playing, with being a centerman like myself, his speed & skill & ofcourse leadership were the main reasons I idolized his so much.PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (GRETZKY)Kings winger Justin Williams on Wayne Gretzky How can you not be inspired and in awe of the greatest player ever to play the game. His skill set was before his time and it's an honor to wear the same jersey as him in Los Angeles. Loved watching him play when I was younger and have plenty of memories watching him score goals and celebrate Stanley Cups.PHOTODENIS BRODEUR/NHLI/GETTY IMAGES (LAFONTAINE)Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane and Pat LaFontainePHOTOJEFF GROSS/GETTY IMAGES (MODANO)Islanders center John Tavares and Mike ModanoPHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (LIDSTROM)Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall and Nicklas LidstromPHOTORON FREHM/AP (MESSIER)Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty and Mark Messier