After an extended, profitable profession, Ryan Getzlaf will dangle up his skates on the finish of this season. The Anaheim Geese captain introduced Tuesday that he’ll retire following the 2021-22 marketing campaign having solely ever performed for one franchise. In an announcement, Getzlaf defined:
“It’s been an honor to play within the NHL and spend my whole skilled profession with one group. None of this may have been potential with out my household, who provided unwavering love and help every step of the best way. Thanks to our house owners, Henry and Susan Samueli, for main a corporation dedicated to success on the ice, however extra importantly, to creating a optimistic influence in our group and to these in want.”
Getzlaf, 36, performed 17 seasons with the Geese, debuting in 2005 after the lockout and principally by no means leaving the lineup. Named captain in 2010 after the departure of Scott Niedermayer, he has been the face of the franchise for greater than a decade. Now, because the group transitions to a brand new core, he’ll step away from the sport and permit youthful gamers like Trevor Zegras to take the highlight in Anaheim.
It’s been an unimaginable profession for the nineteenth general decide in 2003. Getzlaf has performed in 1,150 video games, registered 1,013 factors and raised the Stanley Cup in 2007. He sits because the group’s all-time main scorer, with 200 extra assists than Teemu Selanne who sits in second place. Actually, Getzlaf’s 731 profession assists are literally good for 51st on the all-time NHL listing — he may climb into the top-50 by season’s finish.
There was additionally loads of worldwide success for the massive heart. Twice Getzlaf took residence Olympic gold medals as a part of Workforce Canada, whereas additionally profitable World Cup, World Junior, and U18 golds alongside the best way. Whereas he by no means secured a World Championship gold to enter the “Triple Gold Membership,” he did function captain of Canada on the occasion, through which he participated twice. A part of the well-known 2003 draft class that can undoubtedly go down in historical past as among the finest ever, he sits simply 21 factors behind Eric Staal for the highest in the complete group.
Even this yr, on the finish of his journey, Getzlaf has proven a few of his patented playmaking capacity, racking up 28 assists in 49 video games. Whereas the times of his prime are lengthy behind him, he nonetheless has been relatively efficient for the Geese in his remaining yr.
Recognized exterior the rink for his group efforts, Getzlaf was additionally praised by Geese house owners Henry and Susan Samueli for his work off the ice:
“We’re so happy with every part Ryan has achieved in a tremendous 17 years enjoying for the Geese. Whereas we are going to all keep in mind his management qualities on the ice, it’s his community-first strategy that has cemented his legacy in Orange County. Along with spearheading the Geese Be taught to Play Program and quite a few different organizational charitable initiatives, he launched his personal such occasion with the Annual Getzlaf Shootout to learn CureDuchenne, elevating over $4.27 million up to now.”
Getzlaf by no means did win any main particular person awards, although he completed second in Hart Trophy voting in 2014. His legacy is not going to be one in every of private accolades however group success, be it within the NHL or on the worldwide stage.