Former Columbus Blue Jackets Forward Retires; Joins Nashville Predators Coaching Staff

Nathan Gerbe has retired from professional hockey. This has been made apparent by the 35-year-old being hired by the Nashville Predators to be one of their development coaches. 
Gerbe missed this past season after having hip surgery, so perhaps this isn't the most surprising of developments. Yet, the Michigan native has now called it quits and will be beginning his career off the ice with the Predators.

Gerbe was the epitome of an underdog, as many questioned whether or not the 5-foot-4 forward would be able to make it in the NHL. Overall, he proved his critics wrong quite nicely, as he appeared in 435 career NHL games between the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, and Columbus Blue Jackets. During them, he had 63 goals, 88 assists, and 151 points. That's a pretty solid career, I'd say. 

Nevertheless, we here at NHL Trade Rumors would like to wish Gerbe a happy retirement and the best of luck with his new career in coaching.

Bonus: Here's a video of Gerbe handling himself well in a fight with Travis Sanheim, who is 6-foot-4.

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