Every hockey player knows that the day will come when he eventually has to say goodbye to his sport.
Some players realize it after injuries have taken away their speed and skill.
Other players lose their desire or hunger.
The aging process turns the game's greatest phenoms into struggling athletes.
Some may have wanted one more shot at playing in the 2012-13 season, but the lockout has kept them from getting that opportunity.
Here's a look at six players who should decide to call it a career rather than wait for an unlikely opportunity to result in full-time NHL employment.