Ricci announces retirement at charity golf tournament

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario -- Veteran NHL forward Mike Ricci is

Ricci announced his retirement during the Peterborough Professional
Hockey Alumni charity golf tournament at the Kawartha Golf and
Country Club.

A veteran of 16 NHL seasons, Ricci said he hadn't come around
like he had hoped from neck surgery he underwent last year about
this time. He had hurt his neck training.

He returned to his last team, the Phoenix Coyotes, at the start
of last season, but lasted only seven games. He didn't re-sign,
becoming a free agent.