Ryan Callahan a Tampa Bay Lightning forward recieved carrer ending news last week. He was diagnosed with a long term spine industry bringing an end to his 15 year professional hockey carrer. Callahan, 34 was a 4th round draft pick by the New York Rangers in 2004 and most recently signed a 6 year $34,800,000 contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2015.
Julien BriseBois, the Lightning’s vice president and general manager, announced in a press release last Thursday that Callahan, 34, was diagnosed with “degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine.”
Callahan will be placed on long-term injury reserve, BriseBois said.
In an interview on the Lightning's website, Callahan said that he had been “dealing with some back issues for a couple years now,” though they grew worse in the past year.
Callahan's achievements include Being named captain of the Rangers in 2011 after serving as an alternate captain for two years; won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics playing for Team USA.