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Report: Kyle Wellwood to retire from hockey (Updated)

Oct 10, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT

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Kyle Wellwood is reportedly calling it a career.

Nicola Berger of Swiss newspaper NLZ reports the speedy 30-year-old forward is retiring from hockey. Wellwood had been playing for EV Zug in the Swiss National League, but tells Berger he’s done saying his heart wasn’t in it anymore.

Wellwood played nine NHL seasons with four teams: the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, and Winnipeg Jets. After not securing a NHL deal this past offseason, he headed for Switzerland where he had a goal and two assists through nine games for Zug.

While he arrived on the scene in Toronto, his career had a revival of sorts in Winnipeg in 2011-12 as he scored 18 goals and finished with a career-high 47 points. One lockout-shortened season later, he’s through with the game at 30.

UPDATE 11:50 a.m. ET

Slight clarification from Wellwood’s agent, as per Yahoo!’s Sean Leahy — Wellwood’s one-month deal with Zug has expired and he’s left Switzerland to explore potential NHL opportunities. If he cannot find any, he plans to retire.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    “Speedy?” Smart, good vision, decent playmaker, yes. But speedy? Don’t think so.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      wonder if they were thinking of his brother Eric when they said that…. now HE’S fast.

    • axisofweasels - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      he’s speedy at the buffet…

  2. budzo83 - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    “Wellwood had been playing for EV Zug in the Swiss National League, but tells Berger he’s done saying his heart wasn’t in it anymore.”

    I’ve always rooted for Wellwood and thought that if he upped his compete level that he’d be a great addition to any team, but he’s never appeared as though his heart was in it.

  3. alicesrightfootesq - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    CEO of Old Country Buffet putting all establishments on LEVEL 5 RED ALERT.

  4. jason9696 - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    I remember years ago they had a picture of him shirtless in the Toronto Sun or the Toronto Star. Not sure what he looks like now but back then he had a huge gut on him.

    • jpelle82 - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      hence the above mentioned fat jokes….

    • slickdemetrius - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      Well, he’s not an athlete, he’s a hockey player. Oh, sorry, my mistake, that’s baseball players.

  5. davebabychreturns - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Aw. Well Kyle, it’s been a slice. Real likeable guy who just does not conform to what people expect from hockey players.

    I hope the next phase of his life is a rewarding one and I will miss wondering from time to time, “what’s Welly doing?”

  6. canucks30 - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

  7. blkeskimo1785 - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    *obligatory fat Kyle Wellwood comment*

  8. skr213 - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    I really liked him as a Shark and I think he did play with heart back then. Good luck to him!

  9. imleftcoast - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    He can play with the other Canuck castoff, Mason Raymond, on the Leafs first line.

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