Former Bear Mark Wotton Hangs Up His Skates

Former Hershey Bears defenseman, Mark Wotton announced his retirement from professional hockey after 17 years.

The 38-year-old captained Syracuse, Utah and Bridgeport during 11 of his 14 American Hockey League seasons.

Wotton played in 896 games over the course of his career, placing him 15th all time for games played and 3rd for games played by a defenseman.

The Foxwarren, Manitoba native was drafted 237th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 1992 and he appeared in 43 career National Hockey League games for the Canucks and the Dallas Stars.

Wotton’s claim to fame for Bears’ fans comes from the  2006 season, as part of the Calder Cup Championship team from Chocolate town.

He appeared in two AHL All Star games, during the 1998 and the 2011 season which was hosted at Giant Center.

In a statement, Wotton  said he cherished every moment of his hockey career.

“I had the privilege of playing hockey for 17 seasons and developed many  life-long friendships that I cherish to this day,” Wotton said.

“It was an honor  to serve as the Sound Tigers’ captain for each of the five seasons I played in  Bridgeport. I look forward to continuing to work within the Islanders  organization.”



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