Sometimes your end comes way before you would want it to. It seems to be the case for a few National Hockey League veterans, including Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau who officially announced his retirement on Thursday. The news was first reported on social media by reporter Brian Compton of NHL.com.
As Compton states in his post, Parenteau is a true example of determination and perseverance in the NHL. The veteran forward clawed his way into the league, making it as a full-time professional when he was 27 years old.
The forward was selected in the ninth round, 264th overall, by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. However, he never suited up for the Ducks, who ended up trading him in 2006, along with Bruno St. Jacques, to the Chicago Blackhawks for Sebastien Caron, Matt Keith and Chris Durno. In October 2007, Parenteau was then traded to the New York Islanders, where he got the chance to team up with now captain and superstar player John Tavares.
Parenteau noted to Compton that the two years he got to play on the same roster as Tavares were the best seasons of his life.
"It changed my life completely. I can retire in peace now just because of those two years.”
Parenteau posted 114 goals and 182 assists over 491 career contests between eight NHL teams, with his prime years spent with Tavares and the Islanders from 2010-12.
Parenteau was know to be a winger with first-rate offensive instincts. After managing to play in the Stanley Cup final with the Nashville Predators last season, the offseason was a hard one for the 35-year-old player. He attempted to latch on with the Detroit Red Wings last season but was ultimately released from his professional tryout agreement ahead of the 2017-18 season.
He decided to take his talents to the Kontinental Hockey League, when he only played three games with the Yekaterinburg Automobilist. He recorded two assists, along with four penalty minutes in the regular season, and then took part in five contests in the team's playoff run. He only managed to tally an assist in the postseason.
Parenteau now hangs up the skates, but did prove to many kids out there never to give up on an NHL dream.