Ryan Getzlaf called it a career in his own way.
Was Sunday night’s game the last on the Anaheim Ducks’ 2021-22 schedule? No, but it was the last game at home and Getzlaf, 36, decided to make it the last game of his career and not play the Ducks’ last games on the road. This allowed him to end things with a special tribute to the Honda Center.
Fans lined up for hours in advance to watch the game. Hall of Famer and longtime Duck Teemu Selanne drove an all-terrain vehicle over the ice during a pre-game ceremony as part of a round the world golf vacation giveaway, while that Getzlaf’s wife and four children joined him as well as Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli at center ice.
Once the puck was dropped, Getzlaf, as he has done so many times in his career, gave something back to everyone in attendance. Considering he ranks fifth among all NHL players in assists since his debut in 2005-06, it was only fitting that he delivered a nice dish for his last point in his last game. Charging into St. Louis Ville Blues goaltender Husso, Getzlaf spun for a highlight flow, spin-o-rama to Adam Henrique, who finished the 2-for-1.