NHL Grinder Officially Announces Retirement From The NHL

Published May 4, 2023 at 11:26

Yesterday afternoon, the hockey community was left stunned by an unexpected announcement on Instagram. Mark Borowiecki, one of the few enforcer-type players in the NHL, has decided to retire after a remarkable 12-year career.

Although he had limited appearances this season with the Predators due to an upper-body injury, Borowiecki's decision to call it quits has come as a shock to many fans.

In a heartfelt statement posted on his personal account, the veteran defenseman expressed his appreciation for the sport that has been a significant part of his life for over a decade. He also thanked his family, friends, teammates, and coaches for their unwavering support throughout his career.

Fans worldwide have taken to social media to express their admiration for the dedication and passion he brought to the game. The hockey world says farewell to a true warrior and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.

Here is Mark Borowiecki's full statement:

"Well. I have something to share. After a lot of time, thought, love, and support, I have decided that my career as a professional hockey player has come to an end. I am so appreciative of everyone who has helped me along the way. Especially the @senators, where my career began, and the @predsnhl where my career ended.

My loving wife @tara.boro, my family, and my close friends have stood by my side through all of the ups and downs. I am so grateful and proud to have shared this life with them. Being able to look up into the stands and see my children watching me is something that I will never, ever forget. Having a wife who I could come home to, no matter how bad my day been, knowing that she would support and love me is something I am eternally grateful for. Without Tara, I don't know if I would be here today.

There are far too many people who have influenced and guided me along my career to mention in a single post. So I'm not even going to attempt it. Just know that I appreciate each and every one of you. It's my job now to pay that all forward to the next generation of players. I am very excited for a new chapter in the hockey world, and I'm looking forward to finding an opportunity to help grow the game and help other players develop.

A friend of mine who played a long, long time in the NHL asked me when I was a young player breaking into the league what I wanted my legacy to be. He told me that being remembered as a good person and a good teammate would always be far more important than any on-ice accomplishments. I really hope that I have achieved that.

Thanks to everyone!


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NHL Grinder Officially Announces Retirement From The NHL

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