Former Senators defenceman Wade Redden retired from the NHL on Thursday, bringing an end to a career that spanned 14 seasons with four teams and began in Ottawa with the Senators.
Redden, who was drafted second overall by the New York Islanders in the 1995 Entry Draft, was acquired by the Sens in a trade in January of 1996 and made his debut with the Sens during the 1996-97 season. He left the Senators after 11 seasons but departed as the team's fourth highest scorer amongst skaters and all-time leader in points amongst defencemen (410), plus-minus (159), third in games played (838) and recorded more game-winning goals than any other defenceman in team history (21). He was an alternate captain for the Sens from 1999 until his departure and represented the team in the 2002 NHL All-Star Game.
In the Ottawa community he did extensive work with both CHEO and the Ottawa Senators 65 Roses Sports Club.
Here's what he had to say about his retirement…
“I would first and foremost like to thank my family and friends for their unconditional love and support. I would also like to thank my teammates, coaches and staff for all the great memories created throughout the years. To the fans, I appreciate all your support throughout my career,” said Redden. “Playing in the National Hockey League has been a dream come true and I feel very proud and privileged to have played more than 1,000 games in 14 NHL seasons.”
Redden made several appearances on the international level as well. He helped capture a goal medal for Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and appeared in the World Championships on three occasions (1999, 2001, 2005) and was named the 2005 World Championships' Best Defenceman before representing Canada at the 2006 Olympics. Prior to his professional career and time with the Canadian Senior National program he won two gold medals at the World Junior Championships.
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