After 12 years, nearly 900 contests and one unforgettable Stanley Cup Final performance, Ruslan Fedotenko is retiring from professional hockey.
“As I reflect on my career, I realize how truly fortunate I have been to play the game I love at the highest level, to have won the Stanley Cup, not once, but twice, and to have made countless lifelong friendships along the way,” Fedotenko said in a release, per the NHLPA. “I am retiring as a truly grateful man. I will be forever thankful to the Philadelphia Flyers for giving me my start in professional hockey, their belief in me gave me the confidence to reach a level I had only dreamt of.
“I also had the absolute honor and privilege to play for four other exceptional organizations; I am grateful for the time I spent with each, and for the remarkable teammates I had the pleasure to play alongside.”
Signed by the Flyers as an undrafted free agent, Fedotenko won Cups in both Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh.
His performance in 2004 is forever etched in Bolts lore.
In Game 7 against the Flames, he scored both goals — including the Cup-clincher — in the Lightning’s 2-1 victory. That performance capped off an incredible playoff run, as Fedotenko finished the postseason with 12 markers.
All told, Fedotenko played for five different franchises (also spent time with both the Rangers and Islanders), scoring 173 goals and 366 points. He also represented his native Ukraine internationally, including the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake.