After a distinguished 15-year career in the NHL, Wayne Simmonds, though yet to make an official announcement, has indicated that he’s stepping away from the game. The 35-year-old power forward shared his decision in an interview with Joshua Clipperton of The Canadian Press, expressing gratitude for the memorable journey his hockey career provided him.

“I haven’t officially announced my retirement, but I’m done,” Simmonds shared with Clipperton. “I had a great career. It was the best time I’ve ever had in my life. Right now, it’s family time.”

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Simmonds Was a Physical, Tough Power Forward in His NHL Career

Simmonds was known for his physical style of play combined with his scoring ability. At the end of his NHL career, he spent three seasons with the Maple Leafs. Yet, by that time he was a shell of his former self. As a result, he bounced in and out of the lineup and, especially after a broken wrist, never regained his scoring ability. Yes, he expressed appreciation for the opportunity to wear the iconic blue and white Maple Leaf jersey.

Wayne Simmonds, Maple Leafs

“Nice to be able to play at home. From the playing aspect, it wasn’t what I hoped,” Simmonds reflected. “I’m still grateful to the organization for allowing me to put on the Maple Leaf. That’s an iconic jersey. It’s something that I’ll never forget.”

Simmonds Was One of the Tough Guys, But He Could Score

Throughout his long NHL career, Simmonds showcased his versatility and tenacity. He played for six different teams and left an impact wherever he went. His contributions on the ice included scoring 263 goals and adding 263 assists for 526 points in 1037 games. He also earned respect as a tough-as-nails power forward and enforcer in the league.

As Simmonds notes, it’s family time. Certainly, at only 35 years of age, he’s still a young dad. He gets to embark on this next chapter of his life. Here’s hoping he can find work somewhere in the hockey world. He seems to desire to need to desire that life.

I wish him the best in his future. While he was with the Maple Leafs, he seemed like one of the good guys. Let’s hope he remembers a career filled with passion, dedication, and countless unforgettable minutes and events on the ice.

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