Former Capitals equipment manager Doug “Sluggo” Shearer is retiring at the end of the Anaheim Ducks’ 2017-18 season, after 34 years, and 2,848 games in the NHL.
The Ducks presented Shearer — who has been with the team for 11 years — with a serious piece of equipment, which he won’t be required to fix.
— x – Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) April 5, 2018
“Any and all hockey players I’ve ever had, they’ve been special people, just good, down-to-earth, hard-working people,” Shearer said. “These guys are a special group.”
Capitals alumnni, who formerly worked with Shearer in Washington, geeked out about the Ducks’ gift. Kevin Kaminski shared the Ducks’ video on his Facebook page and added “Sluggo… great man.”
Joe Juneau responded “Yes!! A great man and a great career,” while Al Iafrate responded “If you love hockey you love Sluggo. Awesome Dude.”
With the Anaheim Ducks in the postseason, Shearer’s retirement date has been pushed back. He’ll have to wait a little longer to enjoy his brand new boat.
The Ducks face the San Jose Sharks in the first round. Game One is scheduled for Thursday at 10:30 PM.
Ian Oland also contributed to this article.
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