Former Avalanche forward Colin Wilson announces retirement – The Denver Post

Former Avalanche forward Colin Wilson officially announced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday in a story published by the NHL Players’ Association.

Wilson, 31, played the final 230 games of his 632-game career for Colorado. He saw action in just nine games last season for the Avs, and in October he wrote about his career-long struggle with OCD that led to drug-and-alcohol problems.

“At this time, I am left to reflect on the 8-year-old kid from Winnipeg who couldn’t be dragged off a pond or outdoor rink,” Wilson said. “I can only imagine his excitement in learning of his career he would have in the NHL. I would like to thank the game of hockey for the incredible experiences and amazing people I was exposed to along my path. It is very bittersweet to retire as I leave my childhood passion behind but look forward to what comes next.”

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