He hasn’t played in two seasons, but it’s now official that goaltender Eddie Lack won’t be making a comeback of any kind in the NHL. The veteran goaltender announced his retirement and posted a video on Twitter explaining his decision.
After talking about the good and bad times of his career in the NHL, he noted:
My hip issues have come to the point where I can live a normal life, but unfortunately it is not good enough to play professional hockey. I am content with the decision, as I know that I have done everything in my power to be able to come back but it just wasn’t meant to be. The last six years have been painfully frustrating for me. My mind wanted to play goalie a certain way, but my body wouldn’t allow me to play that way.
Lack started his NHL career in 2013 with Vancouver Canucks. He posted a .912 save percentage in 41 starts to earn some Calder Trophy votes as one of the best rookies in the league. He continued to play well, working alongside Ryan Miller, until injuries struck.
Lack’s hip issues date back to 2013, including requiring surgery. Despite nagging hip problems, he won a gold medal with Sweden at the World Championships, playing behind superstar netminder Henrik Lundqvist.
We wish Lack the best moving forward and perhaps this is not the end. He noted that he’ll continue to rehabilitate, potentially not ruling out a future in the game and, in the meantime, he has accepted a job with Arizona State University as the team’s goaltender coach.
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