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Jarret Stoll On Retirement: “I Knew What I Wanted To Do After Hockey…I Have No Regrets At All”

July 15th, 2017 at 12:38 AM
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Former Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll, shown here during the on-ice celebration after the Kings won the
2014 Stanley Cup Championship on June 13, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
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LOS ANGELES â?? As reported in this space on July 13, after playing seven seasons and winning two Stanley Cup Championships with the Los Angeles Kings, center Jarret Stoll became, in large part, a victim of the National Hockey League salary capâ??given other priorities, the Kings could no longer fit him under it.

“It was tough to leave,” said the 35-year-old native of Melville, Saskatchewan. “When you win championships, and not one, but two, there’s the bond with your teammates, the friendships you make, and the memories you make. That means so much. That made it harder to leave and to change. You never want to have change when things are so good. There were so many good memories.”

“Then there was knowing that I was going to come back and live here during the summer, hanging out with the guys again. So, in the summer, it felt like I was still with the Kings, even though that, obviously, wasn’t the case.”

To be sure, in some ways, it was like he never left.

“One thing that was weird was when we started [informal] skating in August [at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, the Kings practice facility], I had my New York Rangers stuff on, and the guys all came out of the Kings dressing room,” Stoll recalled. “I had to dress in one of the [separate] locker rooms for those summer skates. That was weird. It was definitely different.”

Stoll signed with the Rangers for the 2015-16 season, but was traded later that year to the Minnesota Wild, who chose not to re-sign him. Once again, Stoll became an unrestricted free agent, and was looking to sign with a team for the 2016-17 season.

“I went to Columbus for their training camp,” he said. “I had a good camp, but they went in a younger direction, like most teams.”

Although he continued to look for a team to sign with as the season began, no other teams showed interest. As a result, Stoll suddenly had a lot of free time. But he rolled right into life after hockey, working with the Kings’ young prospects and on their television broadcasts, even though he was still hoping to play at least one more NHL season, somewhere.

“I loved [working with the young prospects],” he said. “That’s what I wanted to do after leaving the game. I wanted to coach and develop playersâ??use my experience and pass that along. There’s some kids who can take positives out of that and maybe that’ll help them make the NHL someday.”

“I wanted to stay involved in the game-stay around it, on the ice,” he added. “I take a lot of pride in being …

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