What is life like for ex NHL players after their careers are over? Some stay within the business of hockey, while others explore different fields or simply become full time dads. These are the typical routes former NHL players take after their time with the NHL is up. In this article, we will take a look at 15 former NHL players, and what they are up to today. The answers vary from owner of a hockey equipment company, to the General Manager of teams in Sweden and Russia.
15) Pierre Turgeon: Father of 4 & Involved in EmagineIF
What a player Pierre Turgeon was in his prime, scoring 58 goals, along with 132 points in the 92-93 season with the Buffalo Sabres. Turegeon is particularly remembered by Habs fans, putting up almost 100 points in his first full season with the team, while captaining the organization. Pierre enjoyed 20 seasons in the NHL, retiring in the 06-07 season with the Colorado Avalanche, a place where Turgeon is still residing today. Turgeon still keeps very busy today, being a father of four and watching all of them play sports. One of his sons, Dominic Turgeon, was officially drafted 63rd overall with the Detroit Red Wings in 2014. Pierre is also a part of a project called emagineIF, a website designed to help kids discover their passions in life.
14) Igor Larionov: Player Agent
Known to Red Wing fans as simply, “the professor”, Igor Larionov was a part of one of the most memorable lines in hockey history, called the “Russian Five” which included himself, Fedorov Kozlov, Konstnatinov and Fetisov. Larionov had a tremendous NHL career and in 2008, was inducted as a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Today, Larionov is doing extremely well. Igor is an agent for the NHL, representing some bright young stars such as Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk. Additionally, Igor has enjoyed great success as a wine merchant. He made wines under the company’s “Hattrick” and “Triple Overtime”, selling wines from California, all the way to Australia.
13) Nik Antropov: Plays for Barys Astana (KHL)
Hey Leaf fans, remember this guy? The Toronto Maple Leafs had some pretty big expectations for Antropov, who was drafted 10th overall in 1998. Antropov seemed like the perfect fit in Leaf nation, 6’6, 220 pounds, skilled and plays center. Sadly, Nik never lived up to the hype, and played his final season with the Jets in the 12-13 season, picking up 35 points in 69 games. Today, you can find Nik in the KHL, playing for Astana Barys. Antropov has collected 7 points in his first 12 games.
12) Jonathan Cheechoo: Plays for HC Dinamo (KHL)
It’s been a tough ride for Jonathan to say the least; Cheechoo won the Rocket Richard Trophy in the 05-06 season, scoring 56 goals. Sadly after that season, it all pretty much went downhill. Cheechoo’s numbers began to crash, year after year. Jonathan was finally dealt to Ottawa in an opportunity to redeem himself, but unfortunately, the Senators would send him down and Cheechoo would spend the next 4 seasons in the AHL on different teams, every year. In the 13-14 season, Jonathan would finally depart from North America, taking his talents to the KHL. Cheechoo is off to a good start with his new team HC Dinamo, cashing in 21 points in his first 18 games.
11) Guillaume Latendresse: TV Personality
It looked like a match made in heaven for the Montreal Canadians; drafting a 6’2 power forward born in Quebec and who tore up the QMJHL in his final year, putting up 83 points in 51 games. Unfortunately for Guillaume and the Habs, injuries and consistency problems were the story of Latendresse’s career in Montreal. After playing for Minnesota and Ottawa, Latendresse decided to give the Swiss league a shot, he would go on to play 12 games for the ZSC Lions. Following the 12 games, Latendresse announced his retirement from hockey, at the young age of 27. Today, you can find Guillaume on television working for RDS in Montreal, and you can also find the former player on the shows L’antichambre and Hockey 360.
10) Chris Osgood: TV Personality
A great career for the former NHL goaltender, winning three Stanley cups as a member of the Detroit Red Wings, Chris Osgood announced his retirement after the 2010-2011 season, when Jimmy Howard emerged as Detroit’s new number one. Known to Red Wing fans as simply “Ozzie”, Chris has always been known to be quite entertaining off the ice with his teammates. This, mixed with great love and passion for the game, landed Ozzie a job on Fox Sports Detroit, as a studio analyst, as well a color commentator for a select number of games.
9) Claude Lemieux: President of GRAF Canada & President of 4Sports & Entertainment in North America
Known to hockey fans as the “original super pest”, Claude Lemieux made a surprising comeback to the NHL in the 2008-2009 season, signing a two-way deal with the San Jose Sharks. After announcing his retirement 5 years prior, Claude gave it one more shot. After 18 games with the Sharks, Lemieux collected one assist and would announce his official retirement at the season’s end. Today, Claude is keeping busy working two jobs; he is the president of GRAF Canada, which makes hockey equipment (skates in particular). Lemieux is also the president of 4Sports and Entertainment, a company based out of Switzerland which represents athletes, Claude is in charge of building the business of hockey. Montreal Canadians player, Brandon Prust is one of the clients in Claude’s business.
8) Darcy Tucker: Player Agent
You can now find Darcy Tucker working for “Turning Point Sports Management” as an official certified agent for the group. The long time Leaf enjoyed 14 seasons in the NHL, announcing his retirement in 2010, as a member of the Colorado Avalanche. You can also book via his web page darcytucker.ca, through Jackson events, his agency which sets this up.
7) Wojtek Wolski: Plays For Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo (KHL)
Big things were expected from Wolski, who was a first round pick of the Colorado Avalanche. Wojtek Wolski put up huge numbers in his final season with the Battalion in the OHL, collecting 128 points in 57 games. Unfortunately for Wolski, his best numbers were in his rookie year, as Wolski’s numbers would constantly go down after that, and he would also bounce around 5 different teams. After his final season in Washington, Wojtek found some success playing for Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo in the KHL. Now in his second season with the team, Wolski is off to a great start, scoring 20 points in 17 games.
6) Sami Kapanen: Part Owner & General Manager of KalPa
Believe it or not, at the age of 40 last season, Sami Kapanen was still playing hockey for the Finnish Liiga team KalPa. Now 41, Kapanen officially announced his retirement from the game of hockey, after 5 seasons with KalPa. Sami played his last season in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers, in 2007-2008. Today, Kapanen is part owner and acting General Manager of his former team, KalPa.
5) Marek Malik: Retired
Who can forget the goal this guy scored, the game-winner in the 15th round of the shootout, putting the stick between his legs for the game winning shootout goal on Olaf Kolzig. After 10 seasons in the NHL, Malik went overseas for 5 seasons, playing in the Czech and Swiss league. Malik played his final season for Innsbruck HC in Austria last season, announcing his retirement following the seasons end.
4) Alexei Kovalev: Founder of AK27 Training
Crazy to think that just last season, Kovalev (at the age of 41) was haunting players in the 2nd division Swiss League, where the Russian collected an incredible 52 points in 44 games. Truly remarkable for a guy his age. That same season, Kovalev aided his team, EHC Visp to winning the league title, a great way to end a great career for Alex. You can still keep up with the retired player who sells his training methods on DVD, this can be purchased on his website ak27.com.
3) Chris Chelios: Executive Advisor to Red Wings GM Ken Holland & Resturant Owner
What a career for Chris Chelios. What can you say about this guy, after 27 years in the league, 3 Stanley Cup rings and 3 Norris Trophies for best defenseman in the league? We can certainly all agree that this player was great to watch. We always knew Chris would stay within the league. Chelios took over Steve Yzerman’s position as Executive Advisor to Ken Holland. Chris is learning his position as a GM, through the eyes of one of the best in the entire league, Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings. Chelios is also the owner of Cheli’s Chili Bar, located in Detroit.
2) Peter Forsberg: Assistant GM of Modo
What a tremendous career this player had in the NHL, making him perhaps one of the greatest Swedish players to ever play the game. Peter Forsberg’s resume is sparkling; an Art Ross Trophy, Calder Trophy, Hart Trophy and 2 Stanley cup rings. After a 2 game return to Colorado in the 2010-2011 season, Forsberg announced his official retirement after an ailing and constant foot problem. In 2011, Forsberg would later join Markus Naslund as the assistant General Manager. Despite Naslund leaving this off-season, Peter is still the team assistant GM.
1) Sergei Fedorov: General Manager of CSKA Moscow
Fedorov is still regarded to this day, as the player that made two-way hockey cool. Not only was he tremendously gifted up front, he was also a fantastic positional player who got it done defensively as well. Fedorov’s list of achievements were remarkable; two Selke Trophies for the best offensive defensive player, a Hart Trophy and three Stanley Cup rings. After playing his final season in 2008-2009 with the Capitals, Fedorov decided to end his career in the KHL, playing his final three seasons with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Fedorov would later earn the spot as the GM of CSKA and would also shockingly suit up for the team in October of 2013 (he played two games due to too many injuries on the team). Today, Fedorov is still the acting general manger of CSKA Moscow of the KHL, a team that has more Soviet Championships and European cups than any other franchise in history. A real storied franchise which used to be referred to as the “Red Army”.