Sport Predators' Vernon Fiddler announces retirement after 14 seasons

21:15  13 september  2017
21:15  13 september  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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Preds captain Fisher retires after 17 seasons . Fisher, 37, told The Tennessean on Thursday that he was hanging up his skates after tallying 276 goals and 309 assists in 1,088 career NHL games with the Predators and Ottawa Senators.

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Vernon Fiddler is hanging up his skates after an illustrious career that almost wasn't.

The Predators forward announced his retirement from the NHL after 14 seasons in a story published Wednesday for The Players Tribune.

"I know, I know. I really thought I was going to play longer than Jagr, too. But here we are," Fiddler wrote. "All the people I’ve mentioned in this story helped a kid, who almost missed his chance, make it to the NHL. Those people, and this game, have given me so much. And I hope — more than anything — that I’ve been able to give something back."

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After going undrafted and eventually signing with the Predators in 2002, Fiddler went on to have stints in Arizona, Dallas and New Jersey before returning to Nashville in February. He revealed that coming full circle with the Predators as they made a run at the Stanley Cup last season against the back-to-back champion Penguins was the ideal ending.

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Vernon Fiddler has decided to hang up his skates after 14 seasons in the NHL. Doan weighs in on retirement , playing in the Olympics and Matthews. Fiddler scored 104 goals and posted 261 points in 877 games with the Predators , Coyotes, Stars and Devils.

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"The Cup run that followed was the perfect way to finish my career," Fiddler wrote. "Even though we didn’t quite get the job done, it was an amazing few months. And to be honest, it was just icing on the cake — my whole career was."

Fiddler, 37, finishes his career with 104 goals and 261 points in 877 games.

Andre Ward announces shock retirement .
World light heavyweight champion Andre Ward has announced his retirement from boxing. The 33-year-old announced the surprise decision with the following statement. To the sport of boxing – I love you. You’ve been by my side since I was 10-years-old. You’ve taught me so much. You’ve humbled me. You’ve promoted me. I’ve sacrificed a lot for you, but you’ve given me more than I ever thought possible. You gave me a platform, made me a champion and helped me provide for my family. I am forever grateful to you. You and I will always be synonymous, connected at the hip. Thank you for all the wonderful people I’ve come in contact with because of you. I’ve made friends for life. As I walk away from the sport of boxing today, I leave at the top of your glorious mountain, which was always my vision and my dream. I did it. We did it. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has played a part in my journey. You know who you are. I could not have done this without you. I want to be clear – I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there. If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting. Above all, I give God the Glory, for allowing me to do what I’ve done, for as long as I have. Ward was a dominant force in the super-middleweight division, beating the likes Mikkel Kessler and Carl Froch to win the Super Six tournament. The American then stepped up to light-heavyweight where he took three world titles from Sergey Kovalev. Ward ends his boxing career with an undefeated 32 fight record with 16 knockouts.

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