Former NHLer announces retirement at age 25, his club said they’re ”in shock and completely caught off guard”

Brendan Guhle, brother of Kaiden Guhle, who’s played 32 games with the Montreal Canadien this campaign, was drafted in the second round in 2015.

The Buffalo Sabres selected him, but two years later, he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks with a first-round pick for Brandon Montour. Montour has 26 points in 31 games this NHL season, but for Brendan Guhle, it hasn’t worked out as well.

The defenseman made his NHL debut in 2017 but struggled to get game time. Last season, he played six games with the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL and 37 with the San Diego Gulls in the AHL.

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Brendan Guhle #2 of the Anaheim Ducks looks on during a timeout during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center on March 03, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

This summer, he left the States to play hockey in Europe instead. He obtained an injury during the summer but has still played seven games for the Eisbären Berlin in Germany. But now, he’s played his last game of professional hockey.

In a statement, the Eisbären Berlin said that Guhle announced his retirement this weekend and is already back in Canada.

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According to the club, the retirement has nothing to do with the injury he picked up this summer. Instead, it’s described as personal reasons.

”It will be difficult to replace him. We want to make it clear that Brendan’s decision is not related to his summer injury. Of course, we wish him the best for the future,” said Stephane Richer, sports director of Eisbaren Berlin.

The club wasn’t prepared for the news, claiming they’re in shock.

“It was a shock when Brendan informed us of his decision. We were completely caught off guard by it. After surviving his injury, he was an important part of our defense. The coaches, the team and I tried to get him to change his mind again,” Richer said.

We, of course, the Guhle the best for his post-career.

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