Keith Tkachuk has announced he will retire after 19 seasons in the NHL.
NHL.com said:There might be tears during a special ceremony at home in St. Louis on Friday, but Keith Tkachuk didn't shed any on Wednesday night at the United Center after it was announced that he would retire at season's end.
Tkachuk, who sat out St. Louis' game against the host Blackhawks with a lower-body injury, made his way through the press box for interviews between periods with a smile on his face and a hand extended to familiar faces there to congratulate him.
After 19 seasons in the National Hockey League, the Tkachuk has decided that his body has taken enough of a pounding as one of his era's toughest power forwards.
"It's been a tough year with my health, so it's definitely the right decision to step away after this season," he said. "It's always hard. I played a lot of years and cherish every moment."...