NHL's shortest player hangs up his skates

NHL's shortest player hangs his skates


Nathan Gerbe, who was the youngest active skater in the National Hockey League (NHL), ended his hockey career by accepting a coaching position with the Nashville Predators.< /strong> 

The Tennessee squad announced Wednesday that the 35-year-old is the team's new forward development coach. Former Montreal Canadiens player Sébastien Bordeleau was promoted, leaving that position to become player development coach with John Hynes.

Gerbe, a tenacious 5-foot-4 po, had a career of 13 professional seasons. He had 151 points in 435 NHL games.

The center was drafted in the fifth round (142nd overall) by the Buffalo Sabers at the 2005 auction. During the 2008-2009 season he got his first chances in the Bettman circuit and he remained there full-time until 2015-2016.

After a short exile in Switzerland, Gerbe is returned to North America with the Columbus Blue Jackets, spending six seasons with the organization. After a major hip operation and another for a double hernia, the American was recalled by the big club a few times between 2019 and 2021.

Captain for the last two campaigns of the Cleveland Monsters , in the American League, Gerbe did not play a game during the most recent season.

The Predators also hired Ronda Engelhardt as a North American scout. She is the first woman to hold such a position in the franchise's history. Since 2018, she was the head coach of the Minnesota Whitecaps, in the Premier League Federation (PHF).