I Â have the press release in my inbox and tweets from the conference call confirming it. Chris Osgood is hanging them up after 17 seasons.
I’ve felt most of this off-season that a retirement was probably his smartest choice, but that doesn’t mean I was prepared in some ways for this day. Chris Osgood has been the goalie in Detroit for most of my time as a fan. This retirement marks the end of an era. The fact that another year would have been a diservice to both himself and the team doesn’t change the sense of loss from closing such a successful chapter of Detroit hockey history. It’s not the way I would have chosen for him to go out, but the ideal wasn’t possible.
I’m kind of at a loss for words.
There are so many memories associated with Osgood, Â but a couple stand out: his 2-0 shutout of Dallas in Game 6 of the ’98 WCF following his surrendering of the Langenbrunner lob, and his irritated interview following Game 1 of the 2009 playoffs. He had higher highs than that, but those two moments epitomize his best qualities: the mental toughness and inner belief that led to his standing strong against a ton of pressure.
Thanks for the memories, Ozzie. See you around.