These are the type of moments that make hockey great.
Tampa Bay forward Corey Perry fought back tears as he spoke about former teammate Ryan Getzlaf on Wednesday. Getzlaf announced this week that he would be retiring at the conclusion of the 2021-22 NHL season.
Perry and Getzlaf played 14 seasons together in Anaheim, winning the Stanley Cup together in 2007. They both entered the league at the same time in 2005 and became one of the best dynamic duos in NHL history.
Perry was interviewed by TNT ahead of Tampa’s game against Washington on Wednesday. The former Duck had a hard time speaking about Getzlaf and his retirement. Perry was fightning back tears and broke down by the end of the interview.
“He made a lot of passes and I put them into the open net,” Perry said as he was shaking.
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Getzlaf was one of the top playmaking centers in the NHL during his career, recording 1,013 points in 1,150 games since his NHL debut in October 2005. Perry scored 372 goals for the Ducks in that span, with most of them being assisted by Getzlaf.
Perry and Getzlaf were incredible to watch during their prime, so it’s hard not to get emotional hearing Perry speak about the retirement of his former linemate.