Andrew Ladd makes a major announcement about his future.

Andrew Ladd makes a major announcement about his future.

The former NHL captain took to social media on Sunday to make a major announcement about his future.

Jonathan Larivee

Long time National Hockey League veteran Andrew Ladd has made a major announcement regarding his future.

On Sunday, Ladd took to social media to notify fans that he would be hanging up his skates for good, officially announcing his retirement from professional play. The news may come as a surprise to some, despite a steep decline in Ladd's play in the latter stages of his career, due to the fact that he still had one more year remaining on his current contract.

Here is Ladd's full statement, unedited:

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, Andi 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.

I'll forever be grateful for how the game shaped me as person and the people it brought into my life!

Ladd now officially ends an impressive career, one that saw him record 256 goals and 294 assists for a total of 550 points over 1001 regular season NHL games. Most notable of all however will be his two Stanley Cup wins with two different teams, capturing hockey's ultimate prize in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes and again in 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Even where he didn't achieve the ultimate success Ladd will be remembered fondly, as a leadership figure with the New York Islanders and as a captain with the Winnipeg Jets.