Mike Green, a two-time Norris Trophy finalist who starred with Alex Ovechkin and Washington Capital early in his career, has announced his retirement from the NHL after 15 seasons, according to Athletic.
The 34-year-old defender spent his first ten seasons with the capital, where he scored 31 goals in 2008-09 and scored more than 700 points. He is the only defender to score at least 30 goals in a single season in the pay cap era.
“Being an athlete is not the only part of me,” Green said in an interview Athletic‘It’s Tariq El-Bashir. “I am husband, father, son, brother, uncle. I have been very fortunate to have turned my passion into my profession, but at this moment in my life, I am considering other things that I feel called to do. “
Green left the capital to sign with the Detroit Red Wings in the summer of 2015 and play five more seasons there. He traded from Detroit to Edmonton on the latest NHL trade deadline but only appeared in two games with Oler before the epidemic broke.
Green chose to return to the NHL with the Oilers this summer, saying that during the epidemic he realized that there were things in his life that were more important than hockey.
“It ‘s just a matter of time,” Green told El-Bashir. “Hockey was suddenly removed from my life, it was tough for a while. But as the future became more uncertain, I became more aware of the big things in my life now – like my daughter crawling and laughing, teaching my son to fish.
“These are the things that make you feel like you’re present and feel like you’re almost there when you play. But your mind, as a professional athlete, spends a lot of time, thinking about and performing on the big stage. “
Green retired with 150 goals and 501 points in 60 NHL games. Since he joined the league in 2005-06, ten other defenders have registered more points.