Report: Horcoff to join Red Wings in player-development role

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After 1,008 games in the NHL, Shawn Horcoff appears headed for retirement. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the 37-year-old will join the Detroit Red Wings in a player-development role.

Horcoff, a Michigan State product who makes his home today in Michigan, was drafted 99th overall in 1998 by the Edmonton Oilers. He was a big part of Edmonton’s surprise run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, scoring seven goals and 12 assists in 24 playoff games.

Horcoff would finish his career with stints in Dallas and Anaheim. His last season in the NHL was marred by a 20-game suspension for violating terms of the league’s performance-enhancing substances program.

“While recovering from an injury I suffered this past fall, I tried a treatment that I believed would help speed up the healing process,” Horcoff said in a statement. “Although I was unaware that this treatment was not permitted under NHL rules, that is no excuse whatsoever.”

Per the Edmonton Sun, Horcoff said in August that he’d “only be interested in moving my family if it was one of five or six teams. I have an 11-year-old boy (Will) and a nine-year-old girl (Jade) in school. They’re just starting their school year. I’ve kind of set a Sept. 1 deadline … if I don’t get anything, I’ll tell my agent to look at other things.”