13-Year Veteran Forward & Former 1st-Round Pick Announces Retirement

Mikkel Boedker, the highest-drafted player from Denmark in NHL history, has officially announced his retirement from professional hockey.

Following Denmark's 7-1 loss to Finland in the World Championships, Boedker shared his decision, citing a desire to dedicate more time to his family as the primary reason.

Throughout his career, Boedker donned the jerseys of various NHL teams, beginning as the 8th overall pick by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2008.

He spent the majority of his career with the Coyotes, achieving a standout season in 2014-15 with 51 points. Boedker later played for the Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, and Ottawa Senators before returning to Europe to continue his professional career until his retirement.

Accumulating 327 points, including 118 goals and 209 assists, in 709 NHL games, Boedker leaves a lasting legacy as a trailblazing Danish talent in the league. Now, as he concludes his hockey journey, he embraces the opportunity to create treasured memories with his family while reflecting on the profound impact the sport had on his personal growth and development.

Throughout his 12-year career, Boedker garnered earnings exceeding $28 million. As he steps away from professional hockey, Boedker expresses immense gratitude for the experiences and accomplishments he achieved.

Mikkel Boedker's retirement signifies the conclusion of an exceptional career that saw him leave an indelible mark on Danish hockey and the NHL.

As the highest-ever draft pick from Denmark, Boedker represented his country with pride and gratitude.

From being selected 8th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2008 to his time with the Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators, and his eventual return to Europe, Boedker's journey was filled with notable achievements and challenges.

With 327 points in 709 NHL games, he leaves behind a legacy that inspires future Danish talents and stands as a testament to his dedication and skill.     Photo Credit:  James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports