Ferreira hangs up his skates

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:46 PM ET

OTTAWA -- "That's it!"

Ben Ferreira skated off the ice after picking himself up off the ice and walked through the media mixed zone.

He thanked everybody for all the words they'd written throughout his career.

"That's it! Complete! Done!'' he said.

Ferreira fell once and stumbled often enough to drop to eighth place and wasted no time calling it a career.

"That's not the way I wanted it to end,'' said the Edmonton skater, who replaced Kurt Browning in the opening ceremonies of the 1993 worlds.

That was because ISU head Ottavio Cinquanta refused to allow the professional Browning skate on amateur ice.

"I'm happy to know it's over, that this was the last one. The journey was absolutely worth it.''

Ferreira was skating in his 13th Canadians. His best finish was second in his hometown of Edmonton in 2004.

"The problem with having the best skate of your life is trying to repeat it,'' he said of that day, which won him a trip to his third world championships where he finished 13th after previously ending 19th and 15th.

"The journey was absolutely worth it,'' he said. "I got a lot out of the sport. But this is it. It's over now.''


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