The Anaheim Ducks have a young superstar duo in Trevor Zegras and Troy Terry, but when you think of this team, one of the first names that come to mind is Ryan Getzlaf. He’s played his entire 17-year NHL career with the Ducks and is currently the all-time leading scorer in franchise history. But at 36-years-old, Getzlaf has finally made the tough decision to hang up the skates for good.
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Here’s what the Ducks vet had to say about his time with Anaheim, where he won a Stanley Cup in 2007:
“It’s been an honor to play in the NHL and spend my entire professional career with one organization,” said Getzlaf. “None of this would have been possible without my family, who offered unwavering love and support each step of the way. 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 to those in need.
“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.”
A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, Getzlaf was a star with the Calgary Hitmen in the Western Hockey League before the Ducks picked him up in the first round (19th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The rest is history. Getzlaf is also just one of 13 players to win two Olympic gold medals and a Lord Stanley. He’s also the longest-tenured captain in Ducks history.
Enjoy retirement, Ryan Getzlaf.