The sports world saw two recognizable athletes decide to retire on Tuesday.
In the NHL, Owen Nolan officially retired from professional hockey. The 39 year-old right winger played for the Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild.
Nolan is the greatest player ever to have come from Northern Ireland. The first overall pick with the Quebec Nordiques in 1990, Nolan’s best season was in 2000 with the Sharks when he scored 44 goals and 40 assists in 78 games.
A five-time all-star, Nolan’s most recognizable goal came in the 1997 NHL All-Star Game when he called his shot and scored on Dominik Hasek.
Raised in Canada, Nolan won a Gold medal for Team Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
Meanwhile, in the football world, former NFLer and CFLer Ricky Williams retired from the Baltimore Ravens at age 34. Williams played running back for the New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens and also played a season for the Toronto Argonauts while he was suspended by the NFL for drug use.
Known for his complex personality, Williams’s story has been well documented. The 1998 Heisman Trophy winner had 10,009 career rushing yards.
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