Greentree wants to stay in the game

March 21st, 2016 (cdmediateam) | Kyle Greentree is ending his hockey career after having finished a successful year with the Dornbirn Bulldogs. The Canadien spent the past four seasons in Europe. Before that Greentree had played in the NHL four times. (→ German Version)

21 times the Bulldogs fans celebrated a goal by Kyle Greentree. (Photo: DEC/GEPA Pictures.)

With Greentree retiring the Dornbirner Eishockey Club is losing their point leader of the season 2015/16. The 32-year-old had been playing for the Philadelphia Flyers and the Calgary Flames, then he became a key player in Europe. In his first season for KHL Medveščak Zagreb Greentree made for an outstanding 65 points in 56 games. After playing in Switzerland (EHC Basel) and Germany (Schwenninger Wild Wings) Greentree returned to the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga this year to play for Dornbirn.

The leader is leaving the pack

Before his departure Greentree once again pointed out the phenomenal team spirit in Dornbirn, and talked about his plans to become a firefighter. Also he explained what hockey means to him.

One of the strong characters in the Bulldogs’ locker room: the 32-year-old Kyle Greentree. (Photo: DEC/GEPA Pictures.)
“It is coming a time where I want to start the next chapter in my life. It was a decision I’ve been thinking about for a long time.”

Final season will have special place in his heart

The Bulldogs jersey will be getting a special spot. The final season of one’s career is certainly remembered forever, that holds true for Greentree as well: “It’s definitely big for me and my family. We’ve met a lot of great people and I’m happy to end my career here in Dornbirn with this team and organization.”

The DEC’s point leader: Kyle Greentree. (Stats by HockeyData)

From his ten years of professional hockey it is his teammates that Greentree will remember above all: “Just being around 25 guys that are all good friend is gonna stay. I’ve had a great career in North America and in Europe and I think just the memories with the guys will probably stick”, explains the leader.

Future to be determined

Whereas his professional hockey career is set in stone, Greentree’s future is still completely open: “I have a couple different options. I’ve always wanted to stay doing something with hockey whether it’s coaching or teaching kids. I would also like to pursue a firefighting career”, reveals the family man.

“Just enjoy it. I mean it’s such an amazing game and I was fortunate to play 10 years of it.”

Kyle Greentree not only thanked the Bulldogs fans, but also the supporters of all the other teams he played for in the past years: “In every single city we’ve met great friends and made nothing but good experiences.

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