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After 14 seasons, Mayers calls it a career

Dec 13, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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Jamal Mayers, a veteran of over 900 NHL contests, has announced his retirement after 14 seasons.

“It really has been an amazing experience to have had the chance to play 14 seasons in the NHL, and finish it all off last season as a part of the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup,” said Mayers, through the NHLPA. “Thank you to my mother Doreen, who gave me every opportunity to play this game while doing a remarkable job as a single parent of two in Toronto, my brother Allan for everything he did and gave up for me, and my stepdad Alan Crosswell.

“I would also like to thank my teammates, friends and fans, as well as Larry Pleau, Pat Brisson, Jim Nice and each of the five organizations I was fortunate enough to play for in my career.”

A fourth-round pick at the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Mayers spent the first 10 years of his career in St. Louis, scoring a career-high 15 goals during the 2005-06 campaign.

A gritty, physical forward that wasn’t afraid to fight — he had over 100 career scraps, according to HockeyFights — Mayers enjoyed his best seasons with the Blues but had the most postseason success in the latter stages of the career, going to the Western Conference finals with San Jose in 2011 before winning a Cup with Chicago last season.

  1. jpelle82 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    he only played 19 games in the reg season and none in the playoffs, can he really say he “won” a cup? does he get his name on it? honest question, i thought you had to play in the playoffs to get it on there or at least half of that season.

    • killerpgh - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-09-26/sports/chi-chicago-blackhawks-stanley-cup-20130926_1_stanley-cup-final-mayers-boston-bruins

      • jpelle82 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        i see, good for him. 50 years from now when he’s in a rocking chair somewhere i dont think his grandkids will care how it got on there

      • wjarvis - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Every time I see the names listed on the cup, the order always surprises me. I will never understand why there are 20+ names before the players are listed.

    • wjarvis - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      The team can petition to have your name on the cup, which the Hawks did. Otherwise I think it’s half of the regular season games or at least 1 game in the final. He was clearly respected by the Hawks players, as he was the third player to carry the cup after their win.

      • jpelle82 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        shooting pucks at the redwings during pre-game is probably the funniest way to get fined, especially when you arent even going to play in the game. i would push for him to get it on there if i were his teammate just for that incident

  2. paledevil - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    14 seasons in the NHL another 14 in the booth ..The guy is a Great commentator !

  3. skr213 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I loved him with the Sharks, but he’s the worst on NHL Network. Cardboard cutout, looks like he’s reading cuecards or something.

  4. dadawg77 - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I think each team gets an allotment of 50 names. So they can choose people after the automatic names based on playing time.

  5. cybernetikghost - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    I thought this was pretty obvious when he joined the NHL Network crew. Is this really news?

  6. hammerhead5573 - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    It was Jamal Meyers who verbally beat the crap out of his team last year in the playoffs, that got their heads out of your @sses. They went on to beat Detroit etc, etc. he was a locker room leader in every sense of the word.

    • hammerhead5573 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      *Mayers

  7. muckleflugga - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    no play in playoffs no name on cup…

    the cup is awarded for winning the playoff tournament, not for regular season play

    rick natress was a stalwart playing defence for les canadiens…his play in no small measure, helped montréal get to the post season

    he fell out of favour with the team, and never saw the ice in playoffs that brought montréal a cup…in my memory, natress’ name was not put on the cup

    c’est la vie say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

    • nj666 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      you don’t get to the playoffs without succeeding in regular season play…

  8. thebigwhitecat - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Retired a champion. Doesn’t get any better than that.

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