By now, Ryane Clowe hoped to be back on the ice getting ready for the new season.
Instead, the power forward is calling it a career. Doctors have not medically cleared Clowe to return, ending his 10-year run in the NHL.
“I tried to work my way back,” Clowe said on a conference call with the media on Friday. “ It just didn’t work out and I wasn’t able to play again. It’s just not possible and it won’t be possible moving forward.”
Devils general manager Ray Shero made the announcement.
“For me, getting to know Ryane over the last couple of months in particular, he’s a proud player, he’s a proud person,” Shero said. “This has been very difficult for him and knowing he’s given this alot of time … the conclusion is that he’s unable to play hockey now or in the future.”
Clowe would have reported with Devils veterans this Thursday.
“It’s certainly an emotional time for him having gone through this and now today,” Shero said. “But it was pretty apparent as we head to next week with training camp with doctors’ recommendations that he was unable to play again.”
Shero said the club will honor the three years remaining on Clowe's contract.
“It’s been a long couple of years, but the one fortunate thing is if I was going to go through this, I couldn’t have imagined any other organization can treat a guy any better than I’ve been treated by the Devils,” Clowe said. “Obviously, Lou Lamoriello has been absolutely unbelievable for me, and since I started speaking to Ray, he’s given me some great advice as well.”
Said Clowe: “It’s extremely disappointing and frustrating. I think I played the game the right way. I played hard. The frustrating thing is I’ve never missed time, I don’t think, really besides concussions.”
He was limited to 43 games in 2013-14, his first campaign in New Jersey. He appeared in 13 games last season, but was injured on Nov. 6 in St. Louis and never returned to the lineup.
Clowe appeared in 56 contests with New Jersey overall, collecting eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points. The native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, played in 491 NHL games with San Jose, the Rangers and Devils, posting 309 career points on 112 goals and 197 assists.