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#1 b.shanafan14

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 12:14 PM

Really sad to see him go. I always thought he was a good guy. Hard nosed and a great leader.

Video of his retirement press conference on http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=289675

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#2 jollymania

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 12:23 PM

Pretty good captian.
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Posted 02 September 2009 - 12:41 PM

Why retire at 35 years old? What's the reason?

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 12:46 PM

QUOTE (mindfly @ September 2, 2009 - 01:41PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why retire at 35 years old? What's the reason?

probably just nothing left in the tank... playing that style of game takes its toll on the body, especially as a defenseman...

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 01:23 PM

QUOTE (mindfly @ September 2, 2009 - 01:41PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why retire at 35 years old? What's the reason?

probably the same reasons as the other 999999999 NHL players who retired at that age

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 01:24 PM

Gator calls it quits. sad.gif
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Posted 02 September 2009 - 02:06 PM

QUOTE (skacore @ September 2, 2009 - 08:23PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
probably the same reasons as the other 999999999 NHL players who retired at that age

Would be interesting to know the average retirement age, it must be over 35 atleast it feels that way.. probably closer to 37-38? anyone know?

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 02:44 PM

QUOTE (xBrave_Heartx @ September 2, 2009 - 02:24PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Gator calls it quits. sad.gif

one of my favorite defensemen to watch play.classic,hard-nosed player.never a dirty player,its sad to see him leave the game.
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Posted 02 September 2009 - 02:47 PM

He killed us in that Edmonton series, good player, all the best to him.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 04:50 PM

QUOTE (mindfly @ September 2, 2009 - 03:06PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Would be interesting to know the average retirement age, it must be over 35 atleast it feels that way.. probably closer to 37-38? anyone know?

Probably lower than that considering all of the fringe players who leave the NHL in their late 20s and early 30s.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 04:54 PM

Just heard his interview with the Fan 960 Calgary (via their online player). That man was a warrior out there and his body got worn down like that of a warrior. Sounds like he suffered from the same kind of stuff as Holmstrom.
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Posted 02 September 2009 - 04:56 PM

QUOTE (MacK_Attack @ September 2, 2009 - 03:50PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Probably lower than that considering all of the fringe players who leave the NHL in their late 20s and early 30s.


I agree with MacK-- the average age must be around 28-32ish. That would have to include players who "retire" from the NHL by moving to lower leagues permanently after having played many full seasons in the NHL (Feds and Jagr being two examples).
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Posted 02 September 2009 - 05:02 PM

QUOTE (MacK_Attack @ September 2, 2009 - 11:50PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Probably lower than that considering all of the fringe players who leave the NHL in their late 20s and early 30s.

Minimum of 500 NHL games then and only include retirement from hockey not to another league / lower league.

Edited by mindfly, 02 September 2009 - 05:04 PM.


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Posted 02 September 2009 - 05:25 PM

QUOTE (mindfly @ September 2, 2009 - 06:02PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Minimum of 500 NHL games then and only include retirement from hockey not to another league / lower league.

400 games would be a better benchmark because that's the threshold to earn an NHL pension.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 05:39 PM

Solid stay @ home Dman with a bit of nastiness thumbup.gif

Always wondered why the Leafs got rid of him unsure.gif

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 05:54 PM

QUOTE (F.Michael @ September 2, 2009 - 06:39PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Always wondered why the Leafs got rid of him unsure.gif

He requested a trade. Didn't get along with Quinn.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 06:12 PM

QUOTE (MacK_Attack @ September 2, 2009 - 05:54PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He requested a trade. Didn't get along with Quinn.

Wow - I would've guessed those 2 would've been a match made in heaven.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 07:39 PM

Hard nosed player...

Enjoy retirement...
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Posted 02 September 2009 - 08:36 PM

One of favorites. Good luck Gator!

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 09:11 PM

QUOTE (F.Michael @ September 2, 2009 - 05:12PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wow - I would've guessed those 2 would've been a match made in heaven.


Quinn may have been harsher on him since he wasn't 35 at the time. Ironically, I think he'd be a good fit as a #6 defenceman on the Oilers under Quinn now. I think retiring at this age takes him out of their cap. Might he come back later under a new, one-year deal with someone needing a depth defenceman>

He might have some sort of record last season for most minutes played without an assist.





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