Mark Letestu has officially announced his retirement from the game of hockey. Although not a decision he wanted to make, the time was right, as the 35-year-old has dealt with a difficult year from a health perspective. Some down time will certainly be appreciated by the body of the 12-year NHL pro.
Only standing 5-foot-9 and 188 pounds, Letestu worked his way through four different organizations, beginning in Pittsburgh before moving through Columbus, Edmonton and finally signing with Winnipeg as a free agent prior to the 2019-20 season. Only managing to suit up in seven games with the Jets, Letestu was discovered to have Myocarditis, or a sizeable inflammation of a prominent heart muscle. That discovery kept him from the action for most of the season.
The Elk Point, AB. product has been living in his Columbus, OH. home during the offseason and looks to remain station in Ohio for the time being. Considering he spent the better part of his career with the Blue Jackets organization (two stints), home will remain where the heart is.
In 567 total NHL regular season games, the depth forward collected 93 goals, 210 points and 90 penalty minutes. Letestu also added six goals, 15 points and two penalty minutes in 36 postseason contests. Although failing to register a point in his brief stay in Winnipeg, the veteran forward certainly left his mark on his younger teammates as a teaching figure both on and off the ice. Letestu retires with roughly $11 million in estimated career earnings.