In an emotional announcement on Monday, former NHL forward Wayne Simmonds officially retired after an impressive 15-year career.

The 35-year-old Scarborough native, who spent the majority of his career with the Philadelphia Flyers, will sign a one-day contract with the team on April 13 to officially retire as a Flyer.

Simmonds, known for his gritty play and leadership both on and off the ice, played in 1,037 NHL games, tallying 263 goals and 263 assists for 526 points. He spent eight seasons with the Flyers from 2011-12 to 2018-19, where he became a fan favorite for his physical style and willingness to stand up for his teammates.

“It’s hard to describe my emotions on a day like this, but one of my very first thoughts as I look back is my life in Philadelphia and playing for the Flyers,” Simmonds said in a statement. “Taking the ice in a Flyers sweater is a special feeling and it’s one that I’m truly proud of.”

Throughout his career, Simmonds earned a reputation as one of the toughest competitors in the league.

Known as the “Wayne Train” for his hard-hitting style and relentless work ethic, Simmonds was a true leader in every sense of the word. His passion for the game and dedication to his teammates were unmatched, making him a locker-room favorite wherever he played.

Despite never winning a Stanley Cup, Simmonds’ impact on the game extended far beyond the scoresheet. He was a role model for young players, particularly in the Black community, and was widely respected for his charitable work off the ice. In 2019, he was awarded the Mark Messier Leadership Award for his contributions both on and off the ice.

Over his 15-year career, Simmonds earned an estimated $36.8 million in total salary. His highest single-season salary came in 2016-17 when he earned $4.3 million with the Flyers. While his exact net worth is unknown, it is estimated to be between $1-5 million.

As Simmonds hangs up his skates, he leaves behind a legacy of toughness, leadership, and dedication to the game. “Wayne Simmonds was born to be a Philadelphia Flyer,” said Comcast Chairman & CEO. “I am very proud to welcome him back.”

Simmer’s impact on the league, and on the countless fans who cheered him on over the years, will not soon be forgotten.