After playing 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL), Wade Redden announced his retirement today. Redden played a total of 1,023 games with four different NHL teams: the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins. He amassed career totals of 109 goals, 348 assists and 457 points in the regular season, while appearing in 106 career playoff games, recording 49 points. Redden had a career plus-minus of +160 and he played in one All-Star Game (2002). “I would first and foremost like to thank my family and friends for their unconditional love and support. I would also like to thank my teammates, coaches and staff for all the great memories created throughout the years. To the fans, I appreciate all your support throughout my career,” said Redden. “Playing in the National Hockey League has been a dream come true and I feel very proud and privileged to have played more than 1,000 games in 14 NHL seasons.” Throughout his hockey career, Redden accumulated a great deal of international experience playing for Canada. In 2004, he played in the World Cup of Hockey, helping Canada win the Gold Medal, while in 2006 Redden played in the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Twice he helped Canada win the Gold Medal at the World Junior Championships (1995, 1996). He also represented his country three times at the World Championship (1999, 2001, 2005). During the 2005 tournament, Canada earned a Silver Medal and Redden was named Best Defenceman of the Tournament by the Directorate. Prior to reaching the NHL, Redden played three seasons of junior hockey for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He helped Brandon reach the Memorial Cup in 1995 and 1996, and he was chosen for the Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1996). The native of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan was drafted in the first round, 2nd overall, by the New York Islanders in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, prior to being traded to the Ottawa Senators on January 23, 1996. Redden played in all 82 games as a rookie with Ottawa in 1996-97, and he scored six goals, 24 assists and 30 points. On October 5, 1996, he scored his first career NHL goal in his first game, and later that season he recorded his first playoff point – an assist – on April 19, 1997. Redden was named an Assistant Captain of the Senators in October of 1999. In 2001-02, he scored 34 points and recorded a plus-minus of +22 while he also played in the 2002 NHL All-Star Game. In the 2002-03 season, Redden scored 45 points and averaged a career-high in ice-time (25:24).
Wade Redden retires from NHL after 14 seasons
NHLPA.com | Jan 9