Ryan Smyth on Sunday reflected on his career and in particular his final game on Sunday. He was asked when he finally took off his equipment.
"1:38 a.m.," said Smyth, adding that a number of loyal fans waited outside Rexall Place for him to depart.
“There were still fans outside. That was pretty cool and overwhelming to see. I went out and signed for them. They waited that long, they deserve that. Then I just went home and soaked every moment of it in, again. It was quite amazing and a thrill, what those fans really did mean to me and family. I loved every moment of it."
Smyth equated the evening to his Gold Medal victory in 2002.
"That was the same in the Olympics, we sat in the room for hours and hours and just rehashed the tournament. It was the same last night," Smyth continued, adding, "What really was overwhelming, not only the fans but even in the locker room after, the guys stuck around. Their wives, girlfriends and families came in and just relished every moment."
The 38-year-old was asked about what made him decide to come to the decision to retire, and in particular why before the season was out.
"I thought of it as owing it to the fans and what they’ve done for me and how they’ve treated me over the years," he remarked. "Do I do it now, or do I do it later? I thought, I had good discussions with Mac about it and we came up with this scenario. It was fitting for an Edmonton Oiler and fitting for the fans."