You sensed this was going to happen the night of the jersey auction, when Guy Dupuis stood in the Memorial Coliseum hallway and talked around the question of his retirement, saying he needed some time to step away and think about it.
He's said this before, of course. But for some reason -- maybe because he wasn't saying it while hoisting a championship trophy -- it felt different, felt like he was already two-thirds of the way towards realizing it was time.
And no surprise today when the release came from the Komets announcing that Dupuis was going to retire. The Komets also announced they'll retire his No. 2, a no-brainer decision considering the man has played more games in that jersey than any Komet in history has played in any jersey.
"Guy's retirement ends the active player connection we've had since our second year of ownership in 1991-92," Komet general manager David Franke said in the release. "Guy was the last Komet player connected with the 1993 IHL Turner Cup championship team. Guy is an amazing person and an amazing athlete. He is a true Komet legend, what a warrior he was. It won't be the same not seeing Guy on the ice in his #2 jersey."
"Guy is a class act; first on the ice and last off. Every day of his career he worked at his game in practice and his work ethic was second to none," Komet head coach Al Sims added. "His determination and heart carried him to a long career. His records will go down in Komet history and may never be broken."
Dupuis, meanwhile, said in the release that he would "cherish forever" the memory he made across 14 seasons and 1,040 games.
"There is a part of me that will always miss the game, our dedicated fans and the excitement that was Komet Hockey," he said in the release. "At this point in my life it is just the best decision for my family that I retire from pro hockey."