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Four Time Stanley Cup Champion Kirk Maltby Will Hang Up His Skates

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby will announce his retirement today at 5:30, according to a source.

Maltby, 37, decided to retire after 16 NHL seasons rather than report to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins.

During his prime, Maltby was a premier grinder and penalty-killer, one of the hardest players in the league to play against because of his physical, agitating style. He was a mainstay on the club’s heralded Grind Line, with Kris Draper and Darren McCarty, for many years.

He played 14 seasons in Detroit and is one of four Red Wings to play on all four Stanley Cup-winning teams since 1997 (the others are Nicklas Lidstrom, Draper and Tomas Holmstrom).

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Mandingo's avatar

Ahhh, Maltby. Sad to see you go.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 10/12/10 at 12:51 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Stick tap to a man who earned every minute of ice time he logged.
He’ll get a nice send off at JLA soon.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 10/12/10 at 01:17 PM ET

Jennemy of the Skate's avatar

This really bums me out. I think Malts had another year left in him. Hate to see him go out like this.

Posted by Jennemy of the Skate from the bar car on the stress train on 10/12/10 at 01:23 PM ET

Twig's avatar

sad. so many memories. thanks, malts.

Posted by Twig from Houston, TX on 10/12/10 at 01:26 PM ET

Puck's avatar

Boo! This makes me sad. I think he had another year in him as well and just had to ride the tide of Griffindom a bit and have a chance to be called up second half of season and play-offs then go out like Dallas Drake. I met him at Gibraltar Trade Center for autograph signing, and also thought he was a awesome guy. The kind of guy you’d want as a neighbor. Although I never donned an opposing jersey, so some might not feel the same. Good luck with your pro scout career Kirk!

Posted by Puck from San Francisco, CA on 10/12/10 at 01:39 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Sad he didn’t go out as he deserved.

And yes, I do think he had another year in him. A full season? Not likely, but he could’ve definitely played 50 or so games, and would’ve been a great post-season asset.

Farewell Malts.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 10/12/10 at 01:47 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Thank you for everything, Kirk!  Stick tap!

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 10/12/10 at 02:06 PM ET

MarkK's avatar

Going to miss him, but I’m glad for all of the memories.  Hope he finds one of those spots in the organization “we don’t know where but we’ll find a spot”, or at least hangs around often.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 10/12/10 at 02:28 PM ET

Ozzie30's avatar

It was time - just wish it was at the end of the season and not like this.

Posted by Ozzie30 on 10/12/10 at 02:30 PM ET

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Thanks for all you did for us, Kirk. ‘Hope you stay in the organization.

Posted by OldRedBarn from Saginaw County on 10/12/10 at 03:39 PM ET

german_wing's avatar

thanx for the hockey, wearing your heart on your sleeve every night and for the cups, malts.

here goes one of hockey’s true originals.

Posted by german_wing from Toronto, Canada on 10/12/10 at 04:13 PM ET

Bella's avatar

Totally bummed. But #18 is a true hockey warrior who left it all on the ice each and every shift, and I can understand his decision. Thanks for everything, Malts.

Posted by Bella on 10/12/10 at 04:43 PM ET

SYF's avatar

[stick tap]

Thanks, Malts.  You will always have a free drink in Detroit.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 10/12/10 at 08:07 PM ET

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