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from the NHLPA,
Jamal Mayers, a Stanley Cup champion and valued teammate throughout his career, announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) today after 14 seasons.
“It really has been an amazing experience to have had the chance to play 14 seasons in the NHL, and finish it all off last season as a part of the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup,” said Mayers. “Thank you to my mother Doreen, who gave me every opportunity to play this game while doing a remarkable job as a single parent of two in Toronto, my brother Allan for everything he did and gave up for me, and my stepdad Alan Crosswell. I would also like to thank my teammates, friends and fans, as well as Larry Pleau, Pat Brisson, Jim Nice and each of the five organizations I was fortunate enough to play for in my career. Certainly, those who sacrificed the most for my career were my wife and kids, and I can’t express enough how much their love and support has meant to me.”
Stanley Cup winners rarely see their names on the Cup because the engraving of names into the Cup doesn't take place until late August, but the Chicago Blackhawks posted a picture of the hand-engraver's work:
Update: Here's why Jamal Mayers got his name on the Cup, per ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers:
Jamal Mayers greets him...
via the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Jamal Mayers on a one-year contract extension, and defenseman Johnny Oduya on a three-year contract extension.
Mayers, 37, registered six goals, nine assists and a team-high 91 penalty minutes in 81 regular-season tilts with the Blackhawks during the 2011-12 regular-season, his first with the organization, and appeared in three Stanley Cup Playoffs contests. The Toronto native ranked third on the club with 102 hits and finished second on the roster with a 56.1% winning percentage in the faceoff circle.
Oduya, 30, paced Blackhawks defensemen with three assists in six games during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and tallied five points (G, 4A) and a +3 plus/minus rating in 18 regular-season tilts with Chicago after being acquired on Feb. 27 from the Winnipeg Jets.
The Sharks front office is happy with getting a player like forward Jamal Mayers to fit into the roster. On the other hand, Mayers is just as happy to be coming to San Jose.
“It’s certainly very exciting news,” said Mayers from his St. Louis home. “I’m glad we were able to come to an agreement and get something done. I’m really excited about fitting in with the group and being part of something special. I’ve just been here in St. Louis in the offseason training and getting prepared for the season and waiting to get the call that a team like San Jose was interested.”
For Mayers, there’s no doubt, a team like the Sharks was at the forefront of his desired locations.
You will see Wilson’s legs buckle about the 41 second mark…
From the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has acquired a 2008 3rd round draft pick, 70th overall, from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Jamal Mayers.
“I want to thank Jamal for everything he has done for the Blues and the city of St. Louis,” said Davidson. “We wish Jamal and his family nothing but the best in his hometown of Toronto.”
added 7:18am (Paul), from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues President John Davidson said the trade of Jamal Mayers late Thursday night is a precursor of something else that could happen today.
“It’s all part of us trying to put stuff together and we’re not done yet,” Davidson said. “This is the start of something ... that’s the best way of saying it. We’ve got other stuff going on, but can’t say anything because it’s not finalized. We’ll try and get that done (today).’‘
Davidson added: “I don’t want people to think we just traded Jamal Mayers for a draft pick and that’s the end of us. The more we work toward putting something else together, the more the draft pick position could become a part of (tonight’s) action. We’re working it here and we feel we’re getting close.”