Brandon Sutter retires from hockey after attempting comeback with Oilers

Edmonton Oilers Brandon Sutter (20) skates during training camp in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday September 22, 2023. (Jason Franson/CP)

Veteran forward Brandon Sutter has announced his retirement from hockey after attempting to make a return to the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers.

In a statement, Sutter said he made the decision “in consideration of my health and family.”

Sutter, 34, has not played since 2021 while dealing with long-COVID. He retires having played 13 NHL seasons with the Canucks, Penguins and Hurricanes, scoring 289 points in 770 games.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity that Ken, Jay, and the Oilers organization have provided to me the past few weeks,” Sutter said. “You need to be 100 per cent healthy to compete in the NHL and although my health continues to improve, in consideration of my health and family, I am officially retiring from hockey.

“Thank you to the Oilers, Canucks, Penguins and Hurricanes, as well as all my past coaches, trainers and teammates for the incredible experiences throughout my 13 seasons in the NHL.”

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