"I loved Semenk like we all did," said Hall of Famer Mark Messier, a longtime teammate. "He was a great teammate, a loyal friend, a loving father and a worthy champion."
"Quite an interesting evening," Mark Messier said. "I've been to a lot of All-Star games, a lot of award ceremonies, a lot of events with the NHL over the years, but this is definitely one that put things over the top. ... I grew up watching a lot of these players on TV, grew up playing with a lot of these players. So you talk about one big, long walking memory everywhere you look."