Phoenix Coyotes forward Gilbert Brule has announced that he will retire from the NHL, and is reportadley looking to become a firefighter.
“He decided that he didn’t want to live out of a suitcase anymore, was sick of living at hotels, and told me he was going to quit hockey – maybe become a firefighter,” Coyotes GM Don Maloney said.
Brule signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes in November, but never actually saw action with the club. Earlier this week, Brule was assigned to Portland, the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate and was suspended Monday by the team once he didn’t report. Brule had been on a professional try out contract with the Pirates earlier in the season, scoring 6 goals and 8 points in 8 games. In 299 NHL games, the Edmonton native scored 43 goals and 95 points as well as 2 goals and 3 points in 12 post season appearances. He was held pointless in three games this season with the Coyotes.
Selected sixth overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, he began his NHL career with the Columbus Blue Jackets before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers prior to the 2008–09 season. He would later find himself on the Coyotes for his first stint before signing with the NLA’s ZSC Lions for 14 games last season.
You know, at one point, there was a debate on who the next great NHL forward was going to be. Would it be Crosby, or would it be Brule? Well, do I even need to explain who won?
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