BREAKING: Former Jets Captain Calls It a Career

Published September 10, 2023 at 2:27 PM
BY JAMES CONNELLY
     
A former Winnipeg Jets captain has decided to call it a career and end on a high note.

Former Jets Captain Ladd Retires



Longtime Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd has decided to call it a career and has retired from hockey.




The time has come for my next chapter. When I was a kid I never thought I had a chance to make a living playing hockey.
There was my love for the game. I loved being a part of a team, I loved competing, I loved the next chance to win, I loved the challenge, I loved the escape of immersing myself in the moment, I loved the feeling of belonging, I loved the confidence it gave me, I loved to prove people wrong.
As I reflect on the journey, the 1001 games, the 2 Stanley Cups, the opportunity to captain a Canadian city, what l'm most grateful for is the people.
My parents for their sacrifice, the core values they instilled in me and the love shown through compassion or a challenge. My brothers for their unwavering loyalty and love no matter the circumstance. My grandfather who believed in my potential when no one else did. My extended family watching at home or showing up to support me in Vancouver and Calgary. My teammates who pushed me to grow on and off the ice, some who have become lifelong friends. The equipment staff who selflessly made sure I always had what I needed whether that was equipment or a conversation. The medical staff who kept me on the ice or made sure I had a ride home after surgery. Team service coordinators who organized all the requests for tickets, restaurants and hotels.
The coaching staffs who taught me how to grow as a player and leader. General managers who believed I could be a piece of the puzzle. Don Rourke who helped me rehab countless injuries. Adam Francilia who has been there as a trainer and friend since I was 13. Dan Leffelaar who helped me find my love for the game again to reach 1000 games. The Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets, New York Islanders and Arizona Coyotes for allowing me to represent your organization and cities. Friends in all those places who gave my family and I community. The fans who are the fuel of our game and created so many amazing moment like the 1st game back in the Peg, the anthem at the madhouse, and standing for an entire game 7 in Carolina. Your energy and passion created those moment. My kids Locklan, And and Walker who were always there to put a smile on my face in warmup or after a tough game. And Lastly my wife Brandy who has made me a better person since the day we met, been there through wins, losses, injuries, tears, trades, moves and the toughest stretch of my career.
l'll forever be grateful for how the game shaped me as person and the people it brought
into my life!
-Andrew Ladd

Ladd was initially selected 4th overall in the 2004 NHL draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. He went on to play 1001 career NHL games with the Hurricanes, Blackhawks, Thrashers, Jets, Islanders, and Coyotes.

He was the final captain in Atlanta Thrashers history and was the first captain in Winnipeg Jets history (the original Jets team is now the Coyotes).

Ladd captained the Jets for five seasons captaining them to a successful and a few not-so-successful seasons. Ladd was consistently a leader for the Jets and we wish him nothing but the best as he enters the next stage of his life.
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