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Right-wing Troy Brouwer announced his retirement from the NHL after 14 seasons on Thursday. He had not played in the past two seasons.
“I’m going to miss the relationships that I was able to make over the years with guys on my teams and their families,” Brouwer said. “Playing this game, you always get to meet new people, you always get to have experiences with those people and a lot of those you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life. I’m going to miss that competitiveness, and I’m going to miss those big moments where you have an opportunity to do something amazing after you’ve worked your whole life to get to that moment.”
The 36-year-old earned 182 goals and 363 points in 851 career regular-season games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, and Florida Panthers. 83 of those goals and 152 of those points came in his 293-game career with the Capitals from 2011-15.
It all started for the Vancouver, BC native back in 2004. Brouwer wasn’t projected to be a high draft pick, so he wasn’t even in attendance for the 2004 NHL Draft in Carolina when his name was called by the Blackhawks in the seventh round (No. 214 overall).
“The one thing I remember was my dad running into by bedroom, still in his underwear in the morning, and he said ‘You just got drafted by Chicago,” Brouwer recalled. “I jumped out of bed and waited by the phone because I knew my agent was going to call. It was one of the best wake-up calls I’ve ever had.”
Brouwer spent five seasons with the Blackhawks before the Washington Capitals acquired him in a 2011 trade that sent a first-round pick to the Windy City. Brouwer made some of his closest friends in the game in Washington, D.C., but after four seasons and 293 games, he was traded to St. Louis in a deal that sent T.J. Oshie to Washington.
Brouwer set a career-highs in goals (25 in 2013-14) and points (43 twice, in 2013-14 and 2014-15) during his time in Washington.
In 106 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Brouwer recorded 16 goals and 35 points, including three goals and nine points over 35 in Washington. He was part of the Blackhawks team that won the first of three Stanley Cups in a span of six seasons from 2010-2015.
By Harrison Brown