After 16 seasons in the NHL, Vinny Prospal has decided to call it quits on his career.
Prospal, 38, last played in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2012-13 season. On his overall career, Prospal has posted some impressive numbers; he played 1,108 games in his career and had 255 goals and 510 assists for 765 points.
He was expected to join the Vancouver Canucks‘ AHL affiliate in Abbotsford, British Columbia, last week on a tryout contract but said he decided to retire so he can spend more time with his wife, Monika, and their three children.
“When I got on the ice with the Abbotsford Heat last Thursday, it was clear to me that I did not have the desire to play at the level I have come to expect of myself anymore. And to not be able to give everything needed would be to disrespect the game that has been so good to me,” he said in a statement released by the NHL Players Association.
Prospal was taken 71st overall in the 1993 draft, and played for seven different teams during his career, including the Anaheim Ducks,Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning, along with the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers, who drafted him.