His teammates expected there wouldn’t be any way Ryan Smyth would be able to keep his emotions in check when he addressed the Edmonton Oilers on Friday morning.

The veteran, who has all the scars to show for all his years in front of the opponents’ net, announced that the Oilers last game of the regular season would be his last in the NHL.

He addressed his teammates before their practice then stepped in front of the microphone in the afternoon for his news conference.

Smyth opened his speech by joking that general manager Craig MacTavish had offered him a six-year extension. He quickly switched gears as he began thanking all the coaches, teammates and training staff whom he had crossed paths with over the years.

“This was a dream come true for a boy from Banff,” said the veteran who had a large family contingent in attendance.

The tears finally came when he talked about having to turn the page and how important an impact his family would have.

“My purpose was two-fold. To provide the Kleenex and fill the interludes between the sobs,” said general manager Craig MacTavish, who on a more serious note added: “I’m sad to see the era end but also very happy at this point to really celebrate what’s been an incredible career.”

“I can’t believe he was able to keep himself composed because I think everyone in the room was ready to tear up with him,” said David Perron. “The biggest (message was that) it’s hard to play in this league; it’s even harder when you leave.”

Smyth, 38, will play his last game on Saturday when the Oilers host the Vancouver Canucks, then leave a career that has spanned 18 seasons and encapsulated 1,270 regular season games (971 as an Oiler) while contributing more than 840 points.

“I think he embodies what the Edmonton fans like in a hockey player,” said goaltender Ben Scrivens. “He’s a never say quit, go to the tough areas, score a goal with your face if you have to type of player. I think that resonates with the people around here.”

“You wish you could extract some of his DNA and inject into every one of them,” said head coach Dallas Eakins. “You can’t say enough about him as a player, but more importantly as a person.

“This is a city of hard-nosed, tough people who have worked extremely hard for everything they’ve got . . . It’s a city where the weather makes you even tougher. That’s Ryan Smyth.

“He has worked for everything he has gotten in this game. He’s hard-nosed. He’s black and white. He emulates what the city is (and) the city has definitely rubbed off on him.”