by Lisa McRitchie on 04/11/14 at 12:30 PM ET
The Edmonton Oilers have announced a 2pm media address. All signs point to this being the Ryan Smyth retirement announcement. While this isn’t surprising, it will be an emotional time for many Oilers’ fans and of course, Smyth himself.
No Oiler since the dynasty days has had such an impact on the team, on the city, and on the fans but Smyth is not a player that will make the hall of fame, nor will his jersey be retired. Smyth will never have his name on a Stanley Cup, as a player, but Smyth’s is a career to be proud of.
Smyth was drafted 6th overall in the 1994 NHL entry draft by his childhood favourite team. He scored his first goal against the Calgary Flames
At 38 years old, Smyth will have 1363 NHL games played (including playoff games), 1036 with the Oilers, including his final game this Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.
This may be the end of Smyth's playing career, but this may not be the last we see of the iconic mullet. With the Edmonton being an "Old Boys Club" it may not be long before Smyth has an opportunity to work in the front office, or in some kind of coaching capacity.
There will also, of course, be much more to write about Smyth once his career has come to a close. What other Oiler scored so many goals without using his old school wooden stick?
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