Report: Pavel Datsyuk Announces He Will Retire

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, Capitals’ defenseman Dmitry Orlov and Red Wings legend Pavel Datsyuk are all in Krasnoyarsk, Russia for former Capitals forward Alexander Semin’s farewell charity game on Thursday. During Thursday’s activities, Datsyuk told media he intends to officially announce his retirement from professional hockey.

“Everything is logical, I just haven’t officially announced it yet. I will definitely announce, with great pleasure and with respect to the fans, to everyone who helped me,” said the 43-year-old during the farewell match for Semin.

“The Magic Man” played 14 seasons with the Red Wings, then left for the KHL following the 2015-16 season. Datsyuk played three seasons with SKA St. Petersburg and the last two seasons with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg in the KHL.

Datsyuk recorded 314 goals and 604 assists for 918 points in 953 career NHL games.

The forward is an Olympic champion, two-time Stanley Cup winner with Detroit, world champion, Gagarin Cup winner as part of SKA St. Petersburg. Datsyuk did not play in the 2021-22 season.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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5 Responses to Report: Pavel Datsyuk Announces He Will Retire

  1. Anonymous says:

    A true legend. He had another level to his game that was next to none.

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    “Alexa, who is The Magic Man?”

  3. Anonymous says:

    Definition of Legend.

  4. Bob Sandres says:

    Why should Caps fans care about this news? He never played for the Caps.

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