Canada's National Hockey League forward Fiddler hanging up his skates

Vernon Fiddler

Vernon Fiddler

The Predators forward announced his retirement from the National Hockey League after 14 seasons in a story published Wednesday for The Players Tribune.

Fiddler gushed about each organization he played for throughout his retirement announcement and discussed his love for hockey at an early age.

The 5-foot-11 centre says he thought the New Jersey Devils would be his final team when he signed during the 2016 off-season.

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 flawless way to finish my career".

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

Undrafted in the NHL, Fiddler rose from the ECHL to the AHL before making his debut with the Predators in 2002. That call to my parents in 2002?

He was acquired by the Predators from the Devils on February 5, and played 20 regular-season games (one goal) and nine Stanley Cup Playoff games (one goal, one assist) with Nashville.

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

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