Mario Lemieux, Mats Sundin and Wayne Gretzky are standing
before God at the throne of Heaven.
God looks at them and says, "Before granting you a
place at my side, I must first ask you what you believe in."
Addressing Lemieux first he asks, "What do you believe?"
Mario looks God in the eye and states passionately, "I
believe Hockey to be the food of life. Nothing else brings
such unbridled joy to so many people from Moscow to the bright lights
of New York. I have devoted my life to bringing such
joy to people who watch us and support their team."
God looks up and offers Mario the seat to his left.
He then turns to Mats Sundin, "And you, Mats, what do
Mats stands tall and proud, "I believe courage, honour
and passion are the fundamentals to life and I've spent
my whole playing career providing a living embodiment
of these traits."
God, moved by the passion of the speech offers Mats the
seat to his right.
Finally, he turns to Wayne Gretzky, "And you, Wayne, what
do you believe?"
"I believe," says Gretzky, "You're sitting in my seat!"