Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 12/26/14

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Smyth announced Friday that he is retiring at the end of the season. Smyth said the Oilers’ home game Saturday night against Vancouver will be his last. “There comes a time in my life where you have turn the page and today I am doing that,” Smyth said. “As hard as it is to say goodbye to the game of hockey, I am blessed that God has given me the ability and passion (for) this great game and to have had the opportunity to play as long as I have. I have a wonderful family… to enjoy the rest of my life with…” “I’m just trying to soak it all in,” he said. “It’s truly a pleasure to play in the NHL and to see 18 years go by as fast as it has, you want to relish every moment. Even in practice today, staying out there and playing three-on-three, I just love it. I just love the game and, like (MacTavish) said, I do have a passion for the game and I’m just excited for my new chapter though.” Smyth has 386 goals and 456 assists in 1,269 regular-season games in 18 NHL seasons with Edmonton, the New York Islanders, Colorado and Los Angeles. “I’m going to take a year and really focus on my family and really relish this opportunity of not coming down to the rink all of the time and dealing with coaches. We’ve had preliminary talks but that’s ways from my mind right now.” The post Oilers’ Ryan Smyth to retire at end of season appeared first on Sports Glory.

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