When you build a hockey career on grit and toughness, one of the hardest things to do remains to hang up the skates.
But that is what forward Cody Bass has decided to do earlier this week, announcing his official retirement from professional hockey.
“Over my career I’ve had a ton of injuries, and my body just doesn’t feel the same way anymore,” Bass said to reporters, per The Collegian. “I think going into the summer and trying to look for an opportunity to play again, but nothing really (happened). It was one of those things that was a mutual decision. For me, I was done with the game, my body was telling me ‘no more,’ but my heart was telling me to play, [and] the game was almost telling me that ‘it’s my time.’”
While he didn’t spend the majority of his time in the NHL, playing just 75 games in the league, he was an intimidating presence every time he stepped on the ice. In those 75 NHL games over his career, in which he notched two goals and three helpers, Bass racked up 107 penalty minutes. The 32-year-old spent the bulk of his career in the American Hockey League as an enforcer, picking up a total of 944 PIM in 452 minor-league contests.
That’s impressive. Here at Hockey Feed, we wish him all the best and happy retirement.