Duck Captain Ryan Getzlauf today announced his departure from the NHL at the end of the 2021-22 season. His last home game will take place on Sunday, April 24, when the Ducks host the St. Louis Blues at the Honda Center (5:30 p.m. Tennis Time).
The 36-year-old Getzloff (5/10/85) is Anaheim’s top scorer of all time both in the regular season and in the playoffs, and joins a group of 11 other players in NHL history who have captained one team. for 10 years and scored 1,000 points. He is also one of 13 players in hockey history to win two Olympic gold medals and a Stanley Cup championship, as well as one of 46 NHL players to score 1,000 points in one franchise (more than 7,400 players have played in the NHL to date. ). He is currently in the top 100 in the NHL all-time list (88th) and goal-scoring (51st), and is one of 56 players in NHL history to record 700 assists.
“It was an honor for me to play in the NHL and spend my entire professional career in one organization,” Getzlaff said. “None of this would have been possible without my family, who offered unwavering love and support at every turn. Thank you to our owners, Henry and Susan Samuel, for leading an organization dedicated to success on the ice, but that more importantly: to have a positive impact on our community and on those in need.
“Special thanks to the general managers, coaches, support staff, teammates and, of course, our fans. Playing for the Ducks and living in Orange County is a dream for an athlete, and in many ways it’s thanks to you. Thank you all.”
Getzloff will hold a press conference at noon on PT, which will be broadcast live on AnaheimDucks.com and in the Ducks / NHL mobile app.
Getzloff helped the Ducks win the Stanley Cup in 2007 as top scorers during the championship (7-10 = 17) and is also the longest-serving captain in Anaheim’s history (12 seasons, from 2010 to the present). Hetzlaff appeared in a record franchise of 1,150 NHL games with the Ducks, scoring 282-731 = 1,013 points with a rating of +105 and 954 penalty minutes (PIM). On October 31, 2021, Hetzlaff earned the main pass, bypassing Teemu Selan and became the best scorer of Anaheim of all time (279-710 = 989).
“We are so proud of everything Ryan has achieved in his amazing 17 years of playing for the Ducks,” said Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samuel. While we will all remember his leadership qualities on the ice, it was his approach to the community that cemented his legacy in Orange County. In addition to leading the Ducks Learn to Play program and many other organizational charities, he launched his own such event with the annual the Getzlaf shootout in favor of CureDuchenne, raising more than $ 4.27 million to date.
“Congratulations, Ryan. You have been our leader, our soul and our captain, leaving an indelible mark on our franchise that Ducks fans around the world will never forget.”
Hetzlaff became the 92nd player in NHL history to score 1,000 points (280-720 = 1,000) on November 16 against Washington. He was the 39th player (seventh active) of all time to record his first 1,000 points for the same club, and the 45th player in NHL history to score 1,000 points in one franchise. Of the 29 retired players who scored their first 1,000 points with one franchise, 26 were selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame (an additional 10 players, including Getzloff, are not yet eligible).
Selected by Anaheim in the first round (19th place) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Getzloff also leads Anaheim in assists, equal points (659), goals in overtime (11) and assists (254). He ranks second among the franchise leaders in terms of Power-Play points (340), plus / minus (+105) and PIM (954), third in the number of goals in games (57) and fourth in goals. Among the players selected in 2003, Hetzlaff has the highest number of points per game (0.88), the highest number of goal points (731) and power points (340), as well as the highest time on the ice per game (19:29). ) among the attackers.
Hetzlaff also scored 37-83 = 120 points with +12 and 137 PIM points in 125 post-season games over his career, leading the club in all-time playoffs, goals and assists. He led the Stanley Cup team in 2007 with 7-10 = 17 points, and also set the Ducks record for the number of points in one playoff season in 2015 (2-18 = 20).
Three times participating in the NHL All-Star Game (2008, 2009, 2015), Getzloff leads the NHL in overtime (24), while he leads the NHL draft class in 2003 in points per game (0.88), assists and power -gaming points. He is ranked fifth among NHL leaders in final transfers since joining the league in 2005-06. He was one of two players in NHL history who did so with one club (also Anz Kopitar, from 2007 to the present).
A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Getzloff has represented Canada in nine international tournaments in 14 years (2002-16), scoring 20-47 = 67 points in 60 tournaments. He helped his country win five gold medals, including the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, the 2016 Ice Hockey World Championships, the 2005 Junior World Championships and the 2003 U18 World Junior Championships. He also won silver medals at the 2008 World Championships and the 2004 World Junior Championships, performing at the 2012 World Championships and the 2002 Under-17 Ice Hockey World Championships.
Hetzlaff has appeared in 233 games in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Calgary Hitmen from 2001-05, scoring 95-120 = 215 points with a rating of +46 and 354 PIM. He also scored 28 points (12-16 = 28) in 31 WHL playoff matches. On January 18, 2015, Hitmen introduced Hetzlaff as the first participant in the Forever A Hitmen program with a permanent banner on the rafters at Scotiabank Saddledome. As part of the 50th WHL season of 2016, Hetzlaff was selected as one of the 50 best WHL players of all time, ranking 25th in the league.