Gorges contemplates retirement

No professional player likes to hear the word - retirement.

Unfortunately for former Kelowna Rockets captain Josh Gorges, it is now apart of his daily vocabulary.      

"It is a bit surreal to be honest with ya", Gorges told AM 1150 News while taking in Saturday nights Kelowna Rockets pre-season game.  

At 34, Gorges can't believe he may be forced into calling it a career.

"People keep coming up to me and asking where am I going and what am I doing.  It is the first time since I was probably five years old that come September, I am not gone playing hockey somewhere".   

Gorges is without an NHL contract, cut loose by the Buffalo Sabres at the end of this past season.

With the phone not ringing and no one offered him a contract or even a tryout, the Kelowna minor hockey product may have taken off his skates for the last time.

"Most guys will say they want to go out on their own terms. When they are done. When they are finished and think they are done. So to have everyone else tell you, 'you are basically done,' is a bit tough to swallow." 

Gorges has played 14 seasons in the NHL, with includes 783 regular season games with San Jose, Montreal and Buffalo.

The well spoken d-man simply doesn't want to quit playing just yet.