"Every athlete has to make this decision at some point," said the 29-year-old with a history of traumatic injuries, including a broken neck, a compression fracture of his back and a concussion, and triumphs that included participation in two Winter Olympics and the completion of a perfect triple-full-full maneuver, a triple flip with five twists, at the 2011 world championships in Deer Valley, Utah.
"I'm getting out while I'm ahead. I plan to live until I'm 100 years old. I want to be able to play hockey for the rest of my life, and surf, and enjoy the cabin. I want to enjoy being a healthy, fit, active person, and I can do that. I'm really excited about getting an education, getting a job and moving forward" the Calgary, Alberta, native said at his retirement announcement Monday.