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One of the toughest guys around has decided it's time to hang up his skates. Forward Andrew Cogliano, who played for the Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche during his 17-year career, is retiring, according to Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff.

But this Iron Man will not leave the NHL and Colorado. After winning the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2022, Cogliano now wants to help the franchise return to its former greatness from a position in the executive management. He will “help with player development, scouting for professionals and amateurs, as well as their AHL club,” said Seravalli.

If the 37-year-old shows the same tenacity in his new role as he did on the ice, then the team's future should look bright. Cogliano proved to be a valuable mid-season signing for the Avs in March 2022, scoring three goals and three assists during their title run and opting to stay in Denver for the rest of his career.

The 2005 first-round draft pick continued to make an impression late in his final season, scoring five points in six games in the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Andrew Cogliano totaled 190 goals and 274 assists in 1,294 regular-season games (he played in 830 consecutive games from 2007 to 2018).

He deserves to enjoy this moment and look back on a successful decade and a half in the NHL, but he still left his mark on the sport.

Andrew Cogliano looks forward to a “new chapter” with Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche center Andrew Cogliano (11) after the double overtime loss against the Dallas Stars in game six of the second round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena.
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Cogliano expressed his deep gratitude to all the franchises and colleagues he has encountered during his time in the league, while also emphasizing the experiences he will have with the next generation of Avalanche players.

“Hockey has given me and my family so much and I'm grateful for every moment,” he said, according to NHL.com. “I'm blessed to have played with some great organizations and great teammates for so long. I'm going to miss being in the locker room with the guys and fighting for each other on the ice every night, but it's time to move on. Thank you to everyone I've ever played with, played for and all the great fans for all their support. I'm excited to start my new chapter in the front office.”

Colorado is determined to win another Stanley Cup with the strength of its Nathan MacKinnon-led attack, and by continuing to place an emphasis on developing talent, it will help ensure that this franchise and its fan base don't have to wait another two decades for a championship parade. While Cogliano obviously had plenty of skill, his qualities of grit and consistency were what set him apart during his playing days.

Avalanche general manager Chris MacFarland trusts him to instill those traits in the organization's young talent, and he knows firsthand how much they're worth.

“On behalf of the Avalanche organization, we want to congratulate Andrew on a fantastic NHL career,” the GM said in a statement. “He is a true professional, a fierce competitor, a great teammate and leader, and a mentor to younger players. With his hard work on and off the ice, as well as his preparation and attention to detail, he has always been a role model for the rest of the group. And while we will miss him on the ice, we couldn't be more excited to have him on board in this new role in our organization. With his unique knowledge of the game and years of experience, he will be an invaluable resource in helping the next generation of Avalanche players.”

Andrew Cogliano is ready for this next endeavor. Hopefully he will earn the fans' support like he did for many years on the ice.

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