Oilers' Corey Perry considered retirement before the Stanley Cup finals

Sam Jones
June 21, 2024  (7:58)

Oilers' Corey Perry considered retirement before the Stanley Cup finals
Photo credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

As the Stanley Cup finals loom, Edmonton Oilers' veteran forward Corey Perry ponders the end of his illustrious NHL career.

In an intimate conversation with Tony Brar, Perry revealed his thoughts on retirement just as the finals were about to begin.
Drafted by the Anaheim Ducks back in 2003, Perry has experienced a decorated career, securing a Stanley Cup victory in 2007 against the Ottawa Senators. His journey through the NHL has seen him don the jerseys of several teams, and remarkably, he has competed in five Stanley Cup finals with five different squads.
«It's been a lot of fun,»
Perry reflected.
«The last few years, he's been around but I think now it's starting to kick in what's at stake.
Despite the glory and accolades, Perry is well aware of the encroaching twilight of his career, emphasizing the importance of seizing every moment on the ice.
«If you get that opportunity and you do win, you have your day with [the Stanley Cup]. To have that day to spend with family and friends, that's what you're looking forward to. That's what you're putting your mindset towards. But at the same time, it's one step at a time. Take care of business first. Enjoy everything after that.»

Though his offensive numbers have waned this postseason, Perry's presence remains pivotal, highlighted by a game-winning goal in Game 5. Across 17 playoff games, he tallied three points, including a crucial goal and two assists.
Despite occasional scratches from the playoff lineup that led some fans to speculate about his imminent retirement, Perry's resilience shines through.
«I just wanted to work out and come to the rink with a smile on my face. Just be the same person. You don't change, you don't sulk, you don't walk around like it's the end of the world. You will have the opportunity to get your number called again and make a difference on the ice. When I got back (into the lineup), I was ready to play.»

While Perry has not yet decided on a definite end date for his playing days, he humorously acknowledges his age and the plethora of teams he's been part of.
«I'm fortunate. Been fortunate to play on good teams. Maybe too many teams. I'm not getting any younger,»
Perry joked, adding,
«This could be my last kick at the can.»

Perry's potential final performance will be in Game six on Friday, June 21st, where he aims to extend the Oilers' season.
Source: BRAR'S BOOK: Perry's Presence
With a career full of highs, the prospect of retirement for Perry is as much about celebration as it is about contemplation. As the Oilers prepare for another crucial game, Perry's legacy serves as an inspiring chapter in the annals of NHL history.
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