LATEST | Long-time NHL forward announces his retirement

Published May 25, 2023 at 9:56

Following Denmark's elimination from the 2023 IIHF World Hockey Championship, long-time NHL forward Mikkel Boedker announced his retirement.

"It will be the last one. It's a funny feeling to have. I've known it for a long time. It actually feels pretty good. I have a lot of great memories to look back on. Now I'm looking forward to getting home to my wife, daughter and family and enjoying them."

"It's very special. I have experienced a lot, and I am incredibly proud that I can stand with the lion on my chest in my last match and give back to the development I have received in my career. It is incredibly special, but at the same time it is the right time." Boedker told reporters following their 7-1 loss to Finland on Tuesday.

Boedker, 33, became the highest-drafted Danish player in National Hockey League history when the Arizona Coyotes selected him eighth overall back in 2008.

The Brondby native spent parts of 12 seasons in the NHL with the Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, and Ottawa Senators, before he returned to Europe in 2020. In 709 career games, he put up 327 points (118 goals, 209 assists) and 116 penalty minutes. Boedker added 17 points in 34 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Congratulations to Mikkel Boedker on a great professional hockey career and all the best in retirement!

Source: Sport.tv2.dk
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