Vern Fiddler announces retirement from National Hockey League

Vernon Fiddler retires from NHL

Veteran NHLer Fiddler retires at 37

Nashville Predators center Vernon Fiddler has announced via The Players' Tribune that he has retired from the National Hockey League.

Fiddler announced his decision Wednesday in a story for The Players Tribune.

Fidder, 37, played his first six National Hockey League seasons with the Nashville Predators, who signed him as an undrafted free agent on May 6, 2002.

The 37-year-old Canadian's announcement was made in The Players' Tribune, some three months after his Nashville Predators fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals - a run that Fiddler called "the ideal way to finish my career".

Vernon Fiddler retires from NHL
Fiddler announces retirement after 14 NHL seasons

"The Cup run that that followed was the ideal way to finish my career", Fiddler wrote Wednesday. "Even though we didn't quite get the job done, it was an incredible few months".

He had 45 goals and 48 assists in 305 games for Nashville, and 104 goals and 157 assists in 877 games for the Predators, Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils. That call to my parents in 2002?

Fiddler, who made his National Hockey League debut with Nashville in 2002, collected 104 goals 157 assists and 558 penalty minutes in 877 career contests with the then-Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars, Devils and Predators.

Vernon Fiddler is hanging up his skates after an illustrious career that nearly wasn't.

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