(NEW YORK) — After 16 NHL seasons Vinny Prospal announced his retirement Tuesday.
The 38-year-old Prospal was attending a tryout last week for the Vancouver Canucks AHL affiliate in Abbotsford, British Columbia when he had a change of heart.
“I love my wife and I love my children. Having spent much of the last 10 months with them waiting for a call to return to the ice, I know now that I would rather be with them at home helping and supporting my wife and being with my kids than playing the game I love so much. 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. I am going to focus all my time and attention now on being a good father and a husband. Because, in the end, my family is and will always be my greatest accomplishment.”
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN