NHL: St. Louis Blues at Anaheim Ducks - Apr 24, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (15) acknowledges spectators following the game against the St. Louis Blues at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports NHL

Ducks’ captain Ryan Getzlaf makes his final skate as St. Louis beats Anaheim 6-3

Ducks’ captain Ryan Getzlaf makes his final skate as St. Louis beats Anaheim 6-3

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Apr 25
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The Anaheim Ducks’ captain Ryan Getzlaf has just wrapped up his 17-year career with his 737th assist in the NHL game against the St. Louis Blues.

Although the team lost 3-6 to the Blues, Getzlaf once again showed the world how he always prioritizes his team above any of his personal pursuits before heading into retirement.

When asked if he considered taking a shot, he said, “Absolutely not.”

“There wasn’t a chance in my mind I was shooting that puck,” he continued. “It’s funny how those things fall into your lap and happen that way. I couldn’t ask for a better way to finish it.”

Getzlaf played 17 seasons with the Ducks and he served as captain since 2010, the longest in the Ducks’ history. He finished his extensive career with a total of 1,019 points, placing him at 88th in league history.

Teammate Adam Henrique said he was nervous about receiving Getzlaf’s assist.

“I was a little nervous,” Henrique said. “I was thinking he’s in a spot (where) he should shoot, but it’s Getzy, so of course he makes a spin-o-rama pass right on the tape. I just tried to be ready for it and not think too much. It’s special to be a part of that.”

The crowd at Honda Center roared and cheered for the Ducks’ all-time leader’s last play. The final scores were not as important as his momentous farewell. Towards the end of the game, he stepped into the center of the spotlight against the melancholic backdrop.

“Thank you so much to everyone in the building tonight,” Getzlaf said in his final speech. “This has been the most special night of my life. Thanks to the St. Louis Blues. I appreciate you staying out like this. My teammates, I love you guys. Thank you so much for everything today. This has been the best journey of my life. I got to live out a dream here in Anaheim, and I’ve been so fortunate and blessed to know everyone in this building, so I appreciate all of you. Thank you so much.”

The 36-year-old is the team’s leader in points, assists, playoff scoring, and games played. He entered Sunday with 1,018 points, 282 goals, and 736 assists throughout 1,156 NHL games.

Dubbed as the pro passer, he became the 92nd player in league history to score 1,000 points last November, the only Anaheim player to attain 1,000 points.

"This means the world to me to be at home and be able to do this here in this building,"

- Ryan Getzlaf

"He's someone that I've looked up to my whole life, from a young age,"

- Tyler Bozak

  • Ryan Getzlaf

    Ryan Getzlaf is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and captain of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League . A first-round selection, 19th overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft,

  • Anaheim Ducks

    The Anaheim Ducks are a professional ice hockey team based in Anaheim, California. The Ducks compete in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League as a member of the Pacific Division,

  • St. Louis Blues

    The St. Louis Blues are a professional ice hockey team based in St. Louis. The Blues compete in the National Hockey League as a member of the Central Division in the Western Conference.

  • Ville Husso

    Ville Husso is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently playing with the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League .