Green announces his retirement from the NHL

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Mike Green announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday after 15 seasons.

The defenseman said he made the decision at home following the NHL season suspension on March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.“I actually had time for some soul-searching,” Green told The Athletic. “I found it was time, that I had to move on. There are a lot of things happening that many people are immune to, the harsh realities of culture, of society. To be in quarantine in a way [underscored] For me. I realized that I had been very lucky and not many people. ”

The 34-year-old, who was acquired by the Edmonton Oilers in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings on February 24, played two games with the Oilers before spraining his knee against the Vegas Golden Knights on the 26th. February. of the NHL’s return-to-play plan and did not make the Stanley Cup playoffs, when the No.5 seeded Oilers were defeated in four games by the No.12 Chicago Blackhawks.

“Through it all, he kind of highlighted some things,” Green said. “This hockey was suddenly taken out of my life, it was difficult for a while. But as the future became more uncertain, I became more aware of the things that are now the big things in my life, like my daughter crawling and laughing. , teach my son to fish. These are things that you think you are there for and that you think you are there for when you play. But your mind as a professional athlete often thinks of the big stage and the performance. ”

Selected by the Washington Capitals with the 29th pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Green scored 501 points (150 goals, 351 assists) in 880 regular season games with the Capitals, Red Wings and Oilers, and 37 points ( 10 goals, 27 assists) in 76 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He scored a career-high 31 goals for Washington in 2008-09 and a career-high 76 NHL points (19 goals, 57 assists) with the Capitals the following season.

Green, who has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 50 games with the Red Wings and Oilers this season, was a two-time NHL first-team star (2008-09, 2009-10) and has finished second in the vote. for the Norris Trophy, awarded to the best defenseman in the NHL, in each of those seasons.

“Being an athlete isn’t the only part of who I am,” he said. “I am husband, father, son, brother, uncle. I have been fortunate enough to make my passion my profession, but at this point in my life I am considering other things that I feel called to do.

Tweet from @NHLPA: I wish @ GreenLife52 all the best after the defenseman announced his retirement earlier today after 15 seasons in the NHL and 501 career points 👏 pic.twitter.com/BEjA5gGyaz



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