The following statements were released by the Ducks organization regarding Corey Perry:
Owners Henry and Susan Samueli:
On behalf of the entire Ducks organization, we want to thank Corey Perry for his tremendous contributions to the franchise. For many years, Corey has epitomized what it means to be a Duck, playing an aggressive, relentless game while being a compassionate and giving member of the Orange County community.
While today is a difficult day, we celebrate and recognize Corey's outstanding Ducks career. He played the most games by any player in club history and is the only Hart Trophy winner in the history of the franchise. He represented the Ducks at four NHL All-Star Games, and of course, played a pivotal role on the 2007 Stanley Cup champion team.
We consider Corey's career to date to be Hockey Hall of Fame worthy, based on his accomplishments with the Ducks and his six separate team championships. But we are most proud that winning a team championship at every level never changed who he is - a selfless and dedicated individual committed to enriching the lives of youth and those in need.
Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray:
This is one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make in my 44 years in the NHL. Corey gave everything to this franchise for 14 years, never giving an inch to his competitors. While his scoring touch is undeniable, his will to win became his greatest attribute.
We thank Corey for everything he's meant to the Ducks organization. No matter what he elects to do from here, Corey, his wife, Blakeny, and his son, Griffin, will always be part of the Ducks family.