'"The fans here accepted me very early in my career, and I believe the fans make the player," Ray said. "So I want to thank you, the fans. If you didn't accept me years and years ago, I probably wouldn't be here right now. I've probably had the opportunity to have a beer with half the people in this arena. Now that I'm retired I'm going to try and get to the rest of you."'
The Sabres Report - October 29, 2003