Chris Pronger completed a recreation of air hockey and put the paddle down to choose up the cellphone.
It’s as near hockey because the Corridor of Fame defenseman will get any time quickly.
Pronger labored within the NHL’s division of participant security after his enjoying days have been over and tried out the administration path within the Florida Panthers entrance workplace.
However that lasted lower than three years, and at 46 the previously feared defenseman has settled right into a quieter, non-public life within the St. Louis suburbs serving to his spouse run a journey enterprise with no want to return to the sport that made him a star.
“I’m out of the hockey recreation and only a fan and form of watching after I can,” Pronger informed The Related Press on Sunday evening at a gathering to rejoice the opening of a Most important Occasion recreation leisure venue in Chesterfield, Missouri. “Our enterprise takes up the majority of my time — and our children.”
Pronger received the Norris Trophy because the league’s finest defenseman and Hart Trophy as MVP in 2000 with St. Louis, lifted the Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 and received an Olympic gold medal with Canada in 2010 as a part of his 18 seasons in skilled hockey. A follow the attention and ensuing trauma abruptly ended his profession in 2012.
Identified for enjoying on — and generally over — the sting with eight NHL suspensions, Pronger didn’t discover the identical pleasure working in hockey off the ice. He referred to as administration “not fairly as thankless as a referee’s job” however not far off when it comes to the stress.
“It’s not ‘What have you ever performed for me these days?’ It’s ‘What are you able to do for me right now?’” Pronger stated. “It’s a number of work, whether or not you’re scouting or doing contracts or issues of that nature. It’s a 24/7 job, 365. It’s not that I used to be in opposition to the work, however there must be an endgame and I simply didn’t see one.”
Inducted into the Hockey Corridor of Fame in his first 12 months of eligibility in 2015, Pronger labored from 2017-2020 as Florida’s senior vice chairman of hockey operations and senior adviser to basic supervisor Dale Tallon. He left that July to assist his spouse, Lauren, at Effectively Impressed Travels and hasn’t regarded again.
The corporate has change into his ardour. Pronger hopes shifting round from stints with the Hartford Whalers, Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Geese and Philadelphia Flyers throughout provides him a leg up working within the journey business.
“Actually form of assist (folks) by way of a number of what we realized on the fly and what we did in our personal lives,” he stated. “We’ve clearly been by way of lots, each professionally and personally, and have lots to supply and assist information and steer folks.”
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