Zurich: Defender Yannick Weber (Photo) announced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday after 13 seasons.
The 32-year-old will continue to play in his native Switzerland, where he signed a three-year contract with the National League Lions ZSC on June 8.
Weber, who reached the 2017 Stanley Cup Final with the Nashville Predators, made the announcement in a letter to the Stanley Cup posted on Instagram.
“Dear Lord Stanley Cup,” he wrote. “Fifteen years ago, I left Switzerland with a dream: to be drafted by an NHL team. With only a handful of Swiss players playing in the best league in the world, it seemed more of a hope than a possibility to be next on the list. “
The Predators lost the championship series to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.
“2017, I was two wins away from meeting you and lifting you up, but Sidney Crosby decided to keep you for another year and I was heartbroken and devastated.” Weber wrote. “You made me understand why this is the most difficult trophy to win and how lucky you have to be to have your name engraved.
“Even though I may not call myself a champion, you have left me with a lifetime of memories and great friendships. Now is the time to come home and spend some time with my family.”
Weber played two games for Pittsburgh in 2020-21. He leaves the NHL with 94 points (28 goals, 66 assists) and 195 penalty minutes in 499 games with the Montreal Canadiens (2008-13), Vancouver Canucks (2013-16), Predators (2016-20) and the Penguins. – Reuters