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Former Capitals defenseman Mike Green retires

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After 15 years, two All-Star selections and 360 points, high scoring defenseman and former Capitals fan-favorite Mike Green retired from the NHL. 

I’ve been very fortunate to turn my passion into my profession, but at this point in my life, I’m considering other things that I feel called to do,” Green told The Athletic's Tarik El-Bashir.

Green entered the league in 2005 after the Capitals took him 29th overall in the 2004 NHL Draft. He spent 10 seasons in Washington as the team rose to prominence in the Eastern Conference through Alex Ovechkin's prime. 

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After his time with the Capitals came to an end in 2015, Green joined the Red Wings in free agency, where he would spend the next four-and-a-half seasons of his career. Green only made one trip to the postseason after leaving Washington. 

Green began the 2019-20 season in Detroit but was traded to the Oilers at the trade deadline, though he'd only play two games for Edmonton. 

As he decides to walk away from the game of hockey, Green plans on spending more time with his family and focusing his efforts on helping those in need in his community.