Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on Tuesday has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) at the end of this season. His career will most likely end when the Ducks (28-31-12) play their final home game against the St. Louis Blues on April 24.
The 36-year-old Getzlaf, who has scored 282 goals in 17 seasons, all with the Ducks, is their chart leader with 1,013 points. Coming to this season, Ryan has 31 points (three goals, 28 assists) out of 49 games against his name.
“I’ve kind of always said that I was going to let my body and mind kind of dictate when I was going to retire,” Getzlaf said, as quoted by NHL.com. “I remember talking to buddies when I first came into the League, I thought that was going to be at about 26, so I definitely over lasted what I thought I would. But that was always the mindset. The grind of the everyday, getting up, the preparation for each season gets harder and harder as you get older.”
“Playing for the Ducks is a dream for an athlete”
The No. 19 pick in the 2003 NHL Draft, Getzlaf has registered a bunch of records while playing for the Anaheim team. The Regina native is the first in Ducks’ history in games played (1,150), assists (731), overtime goals (11) and power-play assists (254).
“Thank you to our owners, Henry and Susan Samueli, for leading an organization committed to success on the ice, but more importantly, to making a positive impact in our community and on those in need,” he added. “A special thanks to the general managers, coaches, support staff, teammates, and of course, our fans. Playing for the Ducks and living in Orange County is a dream for an athlete, and much of that is because of you. Thank you all.”