16-year NHL veteran, two-time Stanley Cup champion retires at 37
BY COOPER GODIN SEPTEMBER 10, 2023 (2:53 PM)
Ladd made the news official in a lengthy statement on his social media accounts on Sunday afternoon, thanking everyone involved in his career, as well as his family and the teams who gave him an opportunity to play at the highest level.
Ladd, 37, made his NHL debut during the 2005-06 season and went on to win his first Stanley Cup during his rookie season with the Carolina Hurricanes. He went on to also play for the Chicago Blackhawks: where he won a second Stanley Cup in 2010, Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets, New York Islanders and Arizona Coyotes, skating in a total of 1,001 games and putting up 550 points (256 goals, 294 assists), 615 penalty minutes and was a plus-20.
The Maple Ridge, British Columbia native has been dealing with some issues with his knee over the last several years, which included three surgeries. Ahead of the 2022-23 season, Ladd failed his physical because of his knee and was forced to miss the entire campaign. His last game in the National Hockey League came on April 22nd, 2022 against the Washington Capitals.
Congratulations to Andrew Ladd on a solid career in the National Hockey League and all the best in retirement!
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