Watch: An emotional Getzlaf thanks Ducks fans after final NHL game

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After the final horn sounded on his last NHL game, Ryan Getzlaf had one more order of business before officially retiring.

He had to say goodbye to the Anaheim Ducks' faithful.

"I don't really know how to start this, but I just want to say thank you so much to everyone in the building tonight," Getzlaf said. "This has been the most special night of my life. ... This has been the best journey of my life. I've got to live out a dream here in Anaheim."

The Ducks may not have given their longtime captain a win to cap off his career, but Getzlaf still had a special moment during the 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues. He set up Adam Henrique with a show-stopping, behind-the-back assist in the dying minutes of the contest.

Even the Blues had to tip their caps:

Getzlaf ends his NHL career as the Ducks' all-time leader in games played (1,157), assists (737), and points (1,019). He was also a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs, logging 37 goals and 83 helpers in 125 career postseason contests. He led the Ducks with 17 points en route to their Stanley Cup victory in 2007.

The Saskatchewan native cleaned up on the international stage as well, helping Canada to two Olympic gold medals, a world junior gold medal, a U18 gold medal, and a World Cup.

The Ducks selected Getzlaf 19th overall in the 2003 draft. He spent the entirety of his 17-year career in Anaheim.

The team has two road games remaining on the season, but Getzlaf won't suit up.

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