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.” Mayers played for five different NHL teams over the course of his career and accumulated regular season totals of 915 games played, 90 goals, 219 points and 1,200 penalty minutes. He also saw action in 63 playoff games. He broke into the NHL in 1996-97 with the St. Louis Blues, where he played parts of 10 seasons, before moving on to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks and finally played the last two seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks – culminating with a Stanley Cup championship in 2012-13. Prior to the NHL, Mayers had a remarkable four-year NCAA career at Western Michigan where he scored 158 points and recorded 181 penalty minutes. He was drafted by the Blues in the fourth round, 89th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. On November 3, 1996, he made his NHL debut with the Blues, and he scored his first point – an assist – two nights later in his hometown of Toronto. After spending most of two seasons in Worcester of the AHL, Mayers earned his spot the in the St. Louis lineup in the latter portion of the 1998-99 season when he played in 34 regular season games and 11 playoff games. He scored his first career regular season goal on February 8, 1999 in Florida and later registered his first playoff point on May 10th vs. Dallas. Mayers showed outstanding durability while in St. Louis by playing in at least 77 games in six of the eight full seasons he spent with the Blues. In 2001, he helped lead the Blues to the Western Conference Final. In 2005-06, he scored a career-high 15 goals and recorded 129 penalty minutes while averaging 15:07 of ice-time. Two seasons later, in 2007-08, he set a career-high in points (27) while averaging a career-best in ice-time (15:56).
Jamal Mayers retires after 14 NHL seasons
NHLPA.com | Dec 13