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Ducks players gift fishing boat to retiring equipment manager

'Sluggo' Shearer will ride off into sunset on water aboard a pretty new vessel @NHLdotcom

If you are looking for retiring Anaheim Ducks equipment manager Doug "Sluggo" Shearer after the completion of this season, he'll be on a boat.

His very own boat.

And not a duck boat, but rather a Ducks boat.

Ducks players, spearheaded by defenseman Francois Beauchemin, arranged for the sweet retirement gift for Shearer after his 34 years of service.

The setup for the surprise was simple. Well, it was simple after everyone involved realized the boat would fit through the Zamboni doors while towed by a pickup truck.

With the boat at center ice prior to Ducks practice, Beauchemin would ask Shearer to adjust his visor. When the longtime equipment manager returned, the defenseman would then ask "Sluggo" to please remove his boat from the ice so the team could practice.

Tweet from @AnaheimDucks: After 34 @NHL seasons (2,848 NHL games), including the last 11 with the #NHLDucks, equipment manager Doug ���Sluggo��� Shearer will retire after the season. This week at practice, the players presented a gift to Sluggo with an unforgettable moment @HondaCenter.

"(The reaction) was great," Beauchemin told "The first thing he told me was he was speechless. He didn't really believe it."

Shearer's reaction was priceless. After he realized that this was not a joke, this was an actual retirement gift, Beauchemin escorted Shearer to his new pride and joy and got a team picture with the guys.

"We knew it would be a gift where he would be surprised and he's gonna really enjoy it because we all know he loves fishing," Beauchemin said. "I'm sure he's going to have a lot of fun on that boat."

- correspondent Dan Arritt contributed to this report

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