One of the all-time great Ducks is prepared to hang it up.
On Tuesday morning, Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf announced that the 2021-22 will be his last in the NHL, with the veteran forward intending to officially retire following the team's final game on April 29th versus the Dallas Stars.
Getzlaf, who was selected with the 19th pick in the 2003 draft by Anaheim, has spent his entire career with the Ducks organization spanning 17 years and over 1,000 NHL games, serving as team captain for over a decade.
Now, Getzlaf will ride off into the sunset as one of the most successful players in franchise history, holding multiple all-time records including most games played, assists, and points as a member of the Ducks.
The 37-year-old played an integral part in the Ducks' lone Stanley Cup victory, too. In 21 games throughout that magical run, a then-21-year-old Getzlaf racked up an impressive seven goals and 17 points while averaging a whopping 21:43 in nightly ice time.
That performance would go on to cement Getzlaf as one of the NHL's premier players for the decade to come, with the Saskatchewan-native earning second-team All-Star honors in 2013-14 while finishing as the runner-up for the Hart Trophy as the most valuable player to his team.
Getzlaf didn't only achieve success on NHL ice, either. In 2010, Getzlaf was selected to Team Canada's Olympic team and helped his country capture gold on home soil in Vancouver.
With 11 games remaining on the Ducks' schedule, Getzlaf is sure to experience quite the farewell tour.