The Toledo Blade’s Mark Monroe broke the news that long-time Tledo Walleye forward Shane Berschbach retired this morning, and this evening, Monroe has penned a very lengthy article in which the Walleye’s all-time leading scorer discusses his decision to step away from the game:
Future Toledo hockey hall of famer Shane Berschbach, a fixture and cornerstone for the Walleye organization for nearly half of its existence, has retired.
Berschbach, who played six seasons for the ECHL franchise, announced his retirement on Instagram on Saturday. The speedy forward is the organization’s leader in every significant offensive category.
“It’s tough, for sure,” Berschbach said. “It has been the best ride I could have asked for. Big thanks to the city, people, and fans of Toledo. It was an honor to play in front of you for six years. The atmosphere you guys brought every night was second to none and something I’ll remember forever. You guys made Toledo feel like home. I’ll always remember all the good days and the people of Toledo and going to the rink every day and the people I got to work with daily.”
Berschbach, who turned 30 in May, is the Walleye’s all-time leader in games played (376).
The native of Clawson, Mich. also retires as the team’s career leader in points collected (393), goals scored (116), and assists (277).