As first reported by The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir, former Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green will be retiring from the NHL after 15 seasons in the league.
In making the decision, Green cited a “new perspective on life” gained from the COVID pandemic and a renewed desire to focus on his family and community:
“Being an athlete isn’t the only part of who I am,” Green said. “I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle. I’ve been very fortunate to turn my passion into my profession, but at this point in my life, I’m considering other things that I feel called to do.”
Green said he’s not planning to ride off into the sunset. There’s more for him to give and we haven’t heard the last of him.
“A lot of people are hurting,” he said, “and I want to help. I want to use my voice in a different way. I want to focus my energy differently, ground myself in the community, in family. But I also want to become a change agent for good.”
Green started his career with the Capitals before moving to the Detroit Red Wings, playing for 10 seasons as a prototypical offensive-defenseman and making 2 All-Star Game appearances. With the Caps, Green finished runner-up to the Norris trophy twice, sparking considerable debate about the true value of offensive-defensemen.
That noxious debate aside, Green had several legendary moments as a Capital, including his 8-game goal scoring streak:
Although Green struggled with injuries later on, he still provided a memorable moment in 2013, scoring an OT winner against the New York Rangers: