Smyth was drafted by Edmonton back in 1994 and spent all but four of his 18 seasons in an Oilers uniform.
The Oilers' official Twitter account recorded Smyth's retirement speech in a series of tweets:
"It all started back in Hartford in 1994 when I got drafted by my favourite team, the Edmonton Oilers." - Smytty's opening comments— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 11, 2014
"I want to say thanks to Gretz for inspiring me when I was a little kid." - Smytty with some love for his idol #TheGreatOne— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 11, 2014
"I'm humbled by your support. It's one of the reasons it's been so special to play here over the years." - Smytty's message to #OilCountry— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 11, 2014
"There comes a time in life when you must turn the page, and today I'm doing that." - Smytty makes his official announcement— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 11, 2014
"I'm trying to soak it all in... It's truly a pleasure to play in the NHL... You want to relish every moment... I just love the game." #94— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 11, 2014
Very well-liked among his teammates, coaching staff, Edmonton's front office and Oilers fans, Smyth's departure from the team has brought on plenty of praise for No. 94.
General manager Craig MacTavish had some lofty words for Smyth:
"It was always about the passion to play the game... No players have worn this jersey with more passion than Ryan Smyth." - GM MacTavish— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 11, 2014
Known for his prowess around the net, Smyth was a master of creating power-play goals. He has 125 to his name throughout his career as an Oiler—tying Glenn Anderson for Edmonton's all-time mark.
Oilers play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels tweeted that Smyth will have one final chance to hold that record on his own:
Ryan Smyth will play his 1270th and final NHL game Saturday. 386 goals, 456 assists, 842 points, & 1 last chance to break Oiler PPG record.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) April 11, 2014
What a great finish it would be for this Edmonton legend to finish his prestigious career with a flourish and find the back of the net once more to go out in the wave of glory that he deserves.
Smyth's current career stats stand at 1,269 games played, 386 goals, 456 assists, 159 power-play goals and 121 power-play assists.