It is always surprising to see someone retire from their field of work at the age of 32 years old, but when you work as an enforcer in the National Hockey League, it is quite understandable, wouldn't you say?
On Wednesday, The Athletic's Aaron Portzline confirmed that one of the toughest fighters in the league, Jared Boll, was calling it quits. The veteran forward, who has the most fighting majors (171) in the NHL since his career dawned with the 2007-08 season, confirmed to The Athletic late last week that he was retiring.
“I enjoyed every minute of it, that’s for sure,” Boll said. “When I was younger, if you would have told me I’d play even one game in the NHL, I would have taken it.
“Eleven years? I never would have imagined that. No way.”
The enforcer made the decision when his wife revealed that they were expecting their first child, a daughter to be named Annie Catherine, in the fall. On top of that, Boll had undergone back surgery late last season in the Anaheim organization, which made the decision easier on him and his family.
“I’m a peace with my career being over, I really am,” Boll said. “I mean, it’ll probably be a little tough when guys start going to camp in the fall, or when the season starts. I’ll miss it, I’m sure.
“But I’m proud of how I played and I’m proud of my career. I think I gave it everything I could.”
His name will remain in the Columbus Blue Jackets' history for a while. After spending seven seasons in Columbus, "Boll is first on the Blue Jackets’ franchise list in penalty minutes (1,195) and fourth in games played (515). Only Rick Nash (674), Fedor Tyutin (553) and David Vyborny (543) dressed more times in the Union Blue. Boll finished with 27 goals, 35 assists and five game-winning goals."
Boll appears to have enjoyed his career as an enforcer in the league, revealing that is favourite career fight took place against Jordin Tootoo, back in 2013.
“Against (Jordin) Tootoo in Detroit (Jan. 21, 2013) off the opening faceoff. He was just hated here in Columbus. Everyone knew it was coming. (Red Wings coach Mike) Babcock had Tootoo in the starting lineup, so (coach Todd Richards) put me out there. That’s one I’ll always remember. The atmosphere. The buildup.”
See the fight he talks about, right here:
Boll, who also played two seasons for the Anaheim Ducks, says he would like to return to Columbus for his retirement,.
“You just feel like you’re home here in Columbus, and I’ve felt like that from day one.
“I had so much fun playing for the Blue Jackets. So much fun playing for the fans here. The way this city took me in and welcomed me when I was a young player … I’ll never forget that. This is where I always wanted to be.”