Former NHL forward Vinny Prospal has will not sign professional tryout with the Vancouver Canucks minor league affiliate, the Utica Comets, as previously reported.
The 38-year-old forward has decided to retire instead. Prospal practiced with the Comets yesterday in Abbotsford and it was all but confirmed that he would be signing.
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis and assistant general manager Laurence Gilman both commented on the possibility of joining the Comets and were ready to give him a chance.
It turns out after one practice with the Comets, Prospal had a change of heart and wanted to retire instead.
After further thought and talking with his family, Vinny Prospal has informed Canucks that he’s retiring and won’t be joining Utica on PTO.
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) January 24, 2014
Talked to Prospal this morning. Said it wouldn’t be fair to anyone if he wasn’t 100% committed. Headed home to be a dad to his 3 kids.
— Brendan Burke (@brendanmburke) January 24, 2014
Prospal says you need heart and passion to play in the NHL and he just doesn’t have it anymore.
— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) January 24, 2014