NHL legend Paul Coffey inspires Regina students to become champions

If there's someone you want talking about what it's like to be a champion, it's Paul Coffey.

Do your best, ignore other stuff, Coffey says

Along with speaking to Martin Academy students, former Edmonton Oilers defenceman Paul Coffey was in Regina for the Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction.

If there's someone you want talking about what it's like to be a champion, it's Paul Coffey. 

The four-time Stanley Cup winner was doing just that on Friday in Regina when he spoke to students and staff at Martin Academy about what it takes to be a champion. 

NHL legend Paul Coffey spoke to students at Martin Academy in Regina. (CBC)
The NHL great's message to the students was that they must dedicate themselves to their goal in life. 

"Just work hard and have fun," said the Edmonton Oilers legend, who also played with eight other teams. "All the other stuff, it doesn't really matter, just don't waste a second, don't waste anybody else's time. If you are committed, just go out there and do your best."

In his speech to the students, Coffey laughed, telling the story of his mother saying to him, "sometimes, your best isn't good enough."

Coffey's best helped him rank second all-time among NHL defencemen in all scoring categories. 

Four-time Stanley Cup champion Paul Coffey takes questions from the Martin Academy crowd in Regina. (CBC)

"Kids are the future of what's going to happen in this world," he said. "Anytime you can come in and try and intrigue them and give them the odd message, that's what it's all about." 

He was also in Regina to appear at the Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction later that night. 

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