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Anaheim Ducks Legend To Hang up the Skates

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On Tuesday morning, it was announced that 36-year-old Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf will retire at the end of this season after 17 seasons in the NHL, all of them with the Ducks.  

Getzlaf was selected by the Ducks with the 19th overall pick of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut on October 5, 2005, against the Chicago Blackhawks

After 16 games with the Ducks, Getzlaf was assigned to the American Hockey League where he would be named co-rookie of the month for December along with former teammate Corey Perry and also was selected to the 2006 AHL All-Star Game but did not take part in the game as he was recalled to the Ducks in mid-January. 

Getzlaf finished his rookie season in the NHL with 14 goals and 39 points in 57 games played and added an additional seven points in 16 playoff games. 

In his sophomore season in the NHL, Getzlaf appeared in all 82 games while playing parts of the season alongside Perry and Dustin Penner, forming Anaheim’s version of the “Kid Line.” 

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Getzlaf also won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks during the 2006-07 season. 

On November 20, 2007, Getzlaf signed a five-year contract extension to remain with the Ducks. 

In the 2007-08 season, Getzlaf led the Ducks in both assists with 58 and points with 82 while also taking part in the 2008 NHL All-Star Game. 

Early on in the 2008-09 season, Getzlaf tied an Anaheim Ducks franchise record when he recorded five assists in a game against the Detroit Red Wings on October 29, 2008. By the end of the season, Getzlaf once again led the Ducks in assists with 66, which set a Ducks franchise record, and points with 91, which was sixth-best in the league.

Getzlaf also set a franchise record in the playoffs with 14 assists in 13 games played and finished sixth overall across the league in playoff points. 

After Scott Niedermayer retired from the NHL following the 2009-10 season, Getzlaf was named as the franchise’s new captain prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. 

Getzlaf played in his 500th NHL game on March 12, 2012, and just a little under a year later, on March 8, 2013, he recorded his 500th career point and signed an eight-year, $66 million contract extension on the same day that runs through the end of this season.

In 2013-14, Getzlaf was a first-time finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy but finished second behind the Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby

Then, in 2017, Getzlaf was named a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award

In the 2017 playoffs, Getzlaf surpassed then-teammate Teemu Selanne‘s franchise record of 35 career playoff goals. 

On April 23, 2018, Getzlaf was nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy but was beat out for the award by the Sedin Twins

On July 28, 2021, Getzlaf signed a one-year, $3 million contract to remain with the Ducks, with added performance bonuses of up to $1.5 million.

On October 31, 2021, Getzlaf scored his 989th NHL point, passing up Selanne as the franchise’s leading scorer, and then on November 16, he recorded his 1,000th point in the NHL in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Washington Capitals.

In his 17 years with the Ducks, Getzlaf has become one of the faces of the franchise and will be missed by both Ducks and NHL fans after he hangs up his skates. In order to give him a proper send-off, Getzlaf will sit out the Ducks’ final two road games of the season so his final game in the NHL can be in the Ducks’ final home game of the season against the St. Louis Blues on April 24. 

During his career, Getzlaf also won Gold Medals with Team Canada at the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Olympics. 

In closing, I would like to wish Ryan Getzlaf the best of luck with whatever future endeavors he decides to pursue after his hockey career.

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