Perspectives from the Past:
In this edition of Perspectives from the Past, Devin Setoguchi writes about his transition to retirement, the resulting struggles, and how he bounced back. Devin Setoguchi played four seasons and 267 regular season games for the Sharks from 2007-2011. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the first round, eighth overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and was the first Sharks rookie ever to score two goals in his first NHL game. Devin now works as an analyst on NBC Sports California and will soon be opening a gym franchise called F45 in Willow Glen.
I had two surgeries in my final year of professional hockey, bringing the total to nine surgeries in 11 seasons. And I played through them, like I had all the previous times. As I sat at home recovering, knowing that I had another year on my contract in Germany, I realized that it wasn’t working out for me. So, I retired. For the first time since I could remember, I was no longer a professional hockey player.
I didn’t do any rehab for my surgeries. I mean, I had no reason to. I no longer needed to get back into playing shape. In fact, I didn’t do anything; I didn’t even go to see anybody about it. Before I knew it, I had gained 22 pounds. And I was miserable.
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