Scott Self re­tir­ing af­ter 17 sea­sons in NLL

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - MIKE DAVIES EX­AM­INER SPORTS DI­REC­TOR mdavies@post­media.com

Scott Self has called it a ca­reer in pro­fes­sional lacrosse, re­tir­ing af­ter 17 years in the Na­tional Lacrosse League.

Self, 37, said he made the de­ci­sion over the week­end and con­tacted the New Eng­land Black Wolves on Mon­day to make it of­fi­cial. He’s played just one game this sea­son due to nag­ging knee and hip in­juries and de­cided his body was telling him it’s time.

Self said he’ll de­cide later this spring if he’ll con­tinue to play for the Peter­bor­ough Cen­tury 21 Lak­ers or not. There is much less travel and time com­mit­ment in the sum­mer game, he said.

Self is a for­mer NLL all-pro de­fender and two-time Cham­pi­ons’ Cup win­ner with the Rochester Knighthawks. He also twice reached the league fi­nal with the for­mer Ari­zona fran­chise.

Self has had knee and hip surgery in re­cent years and was both­ered by con­tin­u­ing is­sues last sea­son.

“I played through them last sea­son in Rochester and all sum­mer and they weren’t get­ting bet­ter,” said Self, a mail­man for Canada Post.

He con­tem­plated re­tire­ment when Rochester re­leased him in the off-sea­son but the op­por­tu­nity to play in New Eng­land was too good to pass up, he said.

“Af­ter the first game in Rochester I knew I wasn’t phys­i­cally at a level where I could be ef­fec­tive,” he said.

He re­quested some time to try to get him­self healthy.

“I was get­ting a bit bet­ter but I still didn’t feel like I was ready to play. The longer I was away the less I wanted to be back. It’s a grind and a lot of travel. When you’re go­ing through in­juries it’s not en­joy­able when it gets to that point. You’re not mak­ing a lot of money, you’re do­ing it be­cause you en­joy play­ing.”

Self ac­knowl­edges he couldn’t have imag­ined play­ing 17 years in the NLL when he first started.

“I have no re­grets at all,” said Self. “It was a lit­tle crazy there for a while when I bounced around to a num­ber of teams, but I got to play in a bunch of dif­fer­ent cities all over North Amer­ica and with a bunch of dif­fer­ent guys. I had a lot of fun. I know I’m go­ing to miss it. It’s been my rou­tine for the last 16 or 17 win­ters.”

Self has talked to Lak­ers GM Paul Day and said he hasn’t ruled out play­ing in the sum­mer.

“It’s kind of a wait and see for me. I didn’t want to make two de­ci­sions that big back-to-back. Phys­i­cally I don’t feel good right now so the thought of play­ing doesn’t (ap­pal to me) but I’ll con­tinue to re­hab and work out and if I feel bet­ter in the spring we’ll see,” Self said.

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Peter­bor­ough Cen­tury 21 Lak­ers cap­tain Scott Self raises his stick to the fans dur­ing Ma­jor Se­ries Lacrosse ac­tion Aug. 27, 2015 at the Memo­rial Cen­tre. Self has re­tired from the Na­tional Lacrosse League af­ter 17 sea­sons, but he hasn’t ruled out a re­turn to the Lak­ers for this year’s Ma­jor Se­ries Lacrosse sea­son.

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