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BREAKING: Beloved NHL Journeyman Announces His Retirement

Published September 6, 2023 at 6:35 PM
BY JAMES CONNELLY

Beloved journeyman defenseman Michael Del Zotto has announced his retirement from hockey after 14 years.

Del Zotto Retires



Michael Del Zotto, a 14-year NHL veteran, has announced his retirement from hockey. He has cited how he looks forward to spending more time with his family post retirement.




Today is a bittersweet day. I was fortunate enough to play 14 years of professional hockey. The blood, sweat, tears, broken bones, triumph, heartbreak and sacrifice were worth every second.

So were the many amazing relationships I made along the way.

Teammates, staff members and fans were among those relationships, but the most meaningful were the ones I shared with the kids I met at Ronald McDonald house during my time in Vancouver and those with the Garden of Dreams during my time in New York, especially Liam and Taylor.

As athletes, we can become consumed with each season, game period or shift, but hockey is just a game. These relationships often kept me in check and reminded me about what was most important in life. Having the opportunity to make a positive impact on others and give back to the community was the most rewarding part of my career. It is a role I will continue to cherish.

Spending 14 years in a pressure-packed and heavily-scrutinized job feels like a lifetime in itself, one with plenty of highs and lows. I am proud of the life lessons I learned along the way. I have made many mistakes and have learned from them all. I never wanted to be just known as a hockey player. I want to be known as Michael Del Zotto, period. I am proud of who I have become today.

None of this would have been possible without the unconditional love and support from my family. From the moment I put skates on at the age of 3 they were there to guide me and give me every opportunity to live out my dream. My accomplishments are just as much theirs as they are mine.

This version of myself is ready to take on the next chapter of life full steam ahead. I am ready to explore the world and be challenged in new ways. Most importantly, I am excited for more time with my family and the opportunity to make up for all the quality time I've missed.

Del Zotto won a Stanley Cup with the Blues in 2019 and also played for seven other Eastern Conference franchises. He was originally drafted by the Rangers in the 2008 draft with the 20th overall pick.

While his NHL career may be over, he will likely gain a lot of interest from teams down the road as a potential coach or front office member.
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