Zack Greer today officially announced his retirement from the team and from the National Lacrosse League after a decade-long career.
Greer concludes his career with a total of 440 points (239G, 201A) made in 133 regular-season game appearances. Greer made eight post-season appearances in the NLL playoffs.
Greer said, “Early in my career, I was fortunate enough to play with some all-time professionals who helped me grow as a player but more importantly who helped change my life off the field. I owe a debt of gratitude to those guys, with a special shout out to my brother, my mentor from day one who paved the way as a consummate professional in the league.”
After beginning his professional career in Minnesota, the Swarm traded Greer to the Edmonton Rush, where he would spend five full seasons, beginning in 2012. In the Rush’s regular-season records, Greer is second in both points (317) and goals (184), and is fourth in assists (133).
In his final two seasons with the Rush, both NLL Championship-winning seasons, Greer scored the second and third most regular-season goals in franchise history, scoring 44 goals in 2015 and 42 goals in 2016.
“Obvious moments during my time with the Rush point to the championships, but it wasn't always pretty,” said Greer. “There were some rocky years in the beginning and I'm thankful for the patience they showed as I found my way in the league. We had a phenomenal group of people and accomplished some incredible things. I reflect fondly on my time there.”
With Greer’s outstanding scoring ability drawing their notice, in 2017, the Colorado Mammoth acquired Greer in a trade from the Saskatchewan Rush.
Greer said, “Coming to a rival was a little bit nerve-racking, but this group welcomed me with open arms and have been a pleasure to be around since I got here. It's disappointing for me that I wasn't more productive during my time here, but I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. We have a fun, young group mixed with first-class leadership.”
In his final season with the Mammoth, the team named Greer an assistant captain.
Mammoth General Manager Dan Carey said, “Zack is the epitome of a professional. He was a leader and role model for our younger players, and that is one of the many reasons he was brought to Colorado in the first place. Everything about Zack is admirable: he was a winner, a competitor, a talented player, but above all, he’s a great person. We will miss Zack, but wish him well.”
In announcing his retirement, Greer said,
I want to thank my teammates, coaches, management, behind-the-scenes staff, and the fans for the incredible opportunity to play in the loudest house in lacrosse. It was truly a privilege to be a part of the Colorado Mammoth.
It's probably evident by now, but looking back on my 9 years in the league, what I'm most grateful for are the relationships. There are so many genuine, passionate, and quality people in our sport. I wish I could name everyone individually but I'm thankful to all of those who have been such an important part of this journey.
Lastly, I need to thank my family. None of this is possible without tremendous support, generosity and sacrifices from the people closest to me. I can't put into words the appreciation I have for my wife and daughters who make a crazy commitment week in and week out, my siblings who have been there every step of the way, all of my extended family who are my biggest supporters, my mom who never wants the recognition she deserves and my late dad who first put a stick in my hands 29 years ago and taught me the game.
It's certainly bittersweet but I'm looking forward to spending more time with my young family, getting my body right and focusing on my career outside the rink.
- Zack Greer