Anaheim Ducks' Veteran Center Todd Marchant Retires After 18 Seasons

Kyle NicolasContributor IJune 29, 2011

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 06:  Todd Marchant #22 of the Anaheim Ducks waits to face off against the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center on April 6, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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It's a very sad day for the Anaheim Ducks and their flock of dedicated fans (pun intended) as veteran center and fan-favorite Todd Marchant has decided to hang up his skates.

Marchant, now 37 years old, was never a high-scoring center. In fact, last year he managed only to score one goal and eight points, playing mostly on energy-enforcing lines. Most people find this to be particularly odd for a guy who stands only 5'10" and weighs only 180 lbs.

Marchant began his career in 1993 when he was drafted by the New York Rangers in the seventh round. He would make his NHL debut with the Blueshirts, but that would be his only game there.

From there, Marchant went on to play for the Edmonton Oilers, with whom he spent 10 seasons, including his career-best year in 2002-03, in which he scored 20 goals and 60 points in 77 games.

He next spent two years with the Columbus Blue Jackets before moving on to Anaheim, where he played six seasons.

He was never the same goal scorer he was with the Oilers, but despite his usual space on the third or fourth lines, Marchant was far from just another player on the Ducks roster.

His veteran experience made him one of the leaders in the locker room, despite his not having a letter on the front of his jersey.

And probably the biggest things the Ducks will miss are his amazing talent in his own defensive zone and his skill as a penalty killer.

Marchant regularly found time against the top power-play units in the league and was an absolute handful for defenses to deal with while looking to set up with the extra man.

Also along those lines was Marchant's amazing skill in the face-off circle. He was often called upon in critical situations to take key face-offs in the defensive zone (which he usually came out on top of), bailing the Ducks out of numerous situations.

Ducks fans will also miss the occasional televised locker-room reports given by Tim Marchant, Todd's young son whose interviews with players like George Parros and Corey Perry were often the source of several great laughs.

Adding to the gravity of this loss is the fact that Marchant was one of just eight Ducks remaining from Anaheim's 2007 Stanley Cup-winning team.

That number now drops to seven, including Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan, Francois Beauchimin, George Parros, and Sheldon Brookbank.

Said Marchant about retiring: "I've had an unbelievable experience playing in the National Hockey League, and it's just time to move on."

Marchant will be staying with the Anaheim Ducks organization during his post-playing career as a player-development coach.

"I look forward to staying with the Ducks organization in my new role and look forward to my post-playing career," he was quoted as saying in a press conference.

Either way the Anaheim Ducks and the NHL may not have lost one of their most skilled players, but they definitely lost one of their most dedicatedand one of their most loved.