This is sad to post;
Spokane Chief defenseman Garrett Leedahl has announced that he will be leaving the team due to medical reasons. The 19-year-old has been out of the line-up since suffering a head injury on November 2nd at Saskatoon.
“It was hard to come up with my decision,” Leedahl said. “My family, the team and I came to this point after talking to the doctors and neurologists. We realized it will be best for my future to retire from hockey.”
In his two year career Leedahl had appeared in 31 games, missing large portions of both seasons due to concussions.
“We fully support Garrett’s decision,” Chiefs General Manager Tim Speltz said. “He has done of great job of listening and getting input from our medical team and his family. Ultimately, he has made a choice that is the best for him and his future. He made a tough decision and we stand behind him.”
“It is a really tough decision,” Leedahl said. “It was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make. Its going to be tough leaving all the guys behind and everything here, but something that it is going to be better for my future,” Leedahl said.
“I really appreciate everything that Spokane has done for me here. Its a great organization. I had a lot of fun while I was here.”
Originally a sixth round selection in the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft, Leedahl will now turn his attention to his education. The Saskatoon, SK native plans to attend the University of Saskatchewan next year.
“I have my education all paid for so its a good back up plan that Spokane has given me. I’m not leaving empty handed. I have received a lot from the organization and I really appreciate it.”
“We appreciate the commitment that Garrett has given our team and wish him the best in the future,” Speltz said.
All the best, Garrett. I’m really glad you’re going to pursue your education. Thanks for all your awesome work in a Chiefs sweater, I loved ya.