Many NHL players will bide their time in foreign leagues – particularly guys still in their prime years – but Ryan Getzlaf told the Orange County Register that he’s staying home instead.
Getzlaf said that spending time with his family is a higher priority than playing overseas.
“I’m at a point now where I have a young boy at home,” Getzlaf said. “It’s nice to spend time with him and [my wife and] I have another baby due in December. It’s kind of at a point where I don’t really have the option to go over to Europe right now with my son and one on the way.
Former NHL player Craig Johnson is currently training Getzlaf and a number of other Anaheim Ducks players including Teemu Selanne, Bobby Ryan and Cam Fowler.
The 27-year-old power forward was cutting his teeth with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen during the last lockout before making his NHL debut in the 2005-06 season.
Perhaps Getzlaf will enjoy a little time out of the sporting public’s eye after getting hassled for allegedly starting some trouble during the World Hockey Championships in Finland, too.