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Wayne Simmonds announces retirement, Flyers to honor him April 13

Wayne Simmonds announces retirement, Flyers to honor him April 13

Wayne Simmonds announces retirement, Flyers to honor him April 13 originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Wayne Simmonds, a beloved former Flyer who personified the city's toughness and loyalty, will be honored by the organization April 13 before the team's game against the Devils.

The 35-year-old power forward officially announced his retirement Monday. He'll sign a one-day contract with the Flyers and be saluted at the Wells Fargo Center.

"Philadelphia has always had a special place in my heart," Simmonds said in a Zoom press conference. "It has been unbelievable to me. Philly's a blue-collar town and I think that's kind of what I brought in my game. I think that's what made myself endeared to the fans and I loved every second of it. It was amazing, my time in Philly."

Simmonds scored 203 goals in parts of eight seasons with the Flyers and quickly became a fan favorite. Following his back-to-back 30-plus-goal seasons, Simmonds' body went through hell in 2017-18. He left it all out there as a Flyer.

"Every ounce, every tear, every piece of sweat, all the blood, all the teeth that I don't have," Simmonds said with a smile. "It was just something that I was willing to do, whatever I could possibly do to try to win. Obviously that didn't happen in Philly but I always meant every single thing that I did.

"I got so much love from the fans there, it was just important to me that I did give it my all. ... I gave everything I had to Philadelphia. It kind of cut my career short, but I wouldn't change it one bit."

As a pending unrestricted free agent, he was dealt to the Predators in 2018-19 at the trade deadline. After finishing the season with Nashville, he played his final four years for the Devils, Sabres and Maple Leafs.

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