On Wednesday, September 13th, Vernon Fiddler announced his retirement from the National Hockey League in a story he penned for The Player Tribune. The product of Edmonton Alberta finished his career with the Nashville Predators after an incredible run to the Stanley Cup Final last season. Fiddler went on to say that having his career come full circle with the Predators was special, calling it a perfect way to finish my career.
“The Cup run that that followed was the perfect way to finish my career. Even though we didn’t quite get the job done, it was an amazing few months. And to be honest, it was just icing on the cake”
– Vernon Fiddler
The 5-foot-11 center played 14 seasons in the NHL, making stops with three other clubs, the Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars, and New Jersey Devils. In 877 career games, he finished with 104 goals, 157 assists for a total of 261 points.
Vernon Fiddler suited up for one season with the Medicine Hat Tigers. During the 2000-2001 WHL campaign, he was an integral part of mentoring a young group of Tigers players, including Joffrey Lupul, Jay Bouwmeester, Chris St. Jacques, Ryan Hollweg and Stefan Meyer. He would appear in 67 games for the Orange and Black, notching 33 goals which was second on a team filled with firepower. Fiddler would also register 38 assists for a total of 71 points, finishing 3rd in team scoring.
You can take a look at Fiddler’s retirement story here.
Article Courtesy, Vernon Fiddler, Player Tribune