Tom Wilson shares throwback photo to commemorate Mike Green's retirement

Aug 16, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) skates during warm up before game three of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena.
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After Mike Green announced his retirement on Wednesday morning, Capitals fans and players began to share their favorite memories of the former Caps defenseman from his 15-year NHL career.

Capitals’ right wing Tom Wilson took to Twitter to congratulate Green on his retirement and incredible career.

“Congrats on an amazing career @GreenLife52,” Wilson wrote. “Lucky to have been able to call you a teammate and share some great times together #UncleGreen.”

He also shared a photo with Green from his early days in the league.

The two Capitals stars played two seasons as teammates from 2013 to 2015 –– during Wilson’s first two years in the NHL. In the 2013-2014 season, the Capitals failed to make the playoffs but returned to the postseason one year later, ultimately falling to the Rangers in the second round.

Green played a total 10 seasons with the Capitals after entering the league in 2005. After his time in Washington, he spent a few seasons with the Red Wings and played two games with the Oilers last season before announcing his retirement. 

In 15 years, the star defenseman earned two All-Star selections, recorded 501 points and scored 150 goals. Now, he will walk away from hockey to spend more time with his family and better his community.