Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green announces retirement

Detroit Free Press

Mike Green, whom the Detroit Red Wings traded away during the season, announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday.

Green, who will turn 35 in October, played just two games for the Oilers after being dealt from Detroit in February. He then suffered a knee sprained and did not play again before the season was halted because of COVID-19.

He opted out of playing in the NHL qualifying round because of concerns over the coronavirus. That made the conditional draft pick the Wings got in return for the trade a fourth-round selection for this year.

The Oilers were upset by the Blackhawks and missed the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Athletic first reported Green’s retirement, in which Green said “at this point in my life, I’m considering other things that I feel called to do.” 

In four-plus seasons with the Wings, he had 37 goals and 104 assists in 303 games. He battled injuries throughout his time in Detroit, including an illness that knocked him out of much of the 2018-19 season.

Green played 15 seasons in the NHL, making a name for himself in his first 10 seasons, all with Washington, which made Green a first-round pick in 2004.

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