By Cliff Mehrtens
The Charlotte Observer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kurt Seher, Charlotte’s longest tenured professional athlete, announced his retirement Tuesday.
Seher, a Charlotte Checkers defenseman 10 seasons (1993-2003), is the franchise leader in games (593) and shots (1,303).
The team will retire Seher’s No. 4 jersey before Friday’s 7:30 p.m. game against Greensboro at Cricket Arena.
He was a two-time ECHL All-Star, and key player on the 1995-96 championship team.
Seher, 30, played longer with one team than anyone in ECHL history.
“If I had any advice for younger players, I’d tell them to cherish it,” he said. “Older guys used to tell me that, and I’d say `Yeah, whatever.’ But I went from being the youngest guy on the team to the oldest. It flew by.”
Seher, a Red Deer, Alberta native, met his wife Amy in Charlotte. Their daughter Mayce was born here.
He outlasted a nearby Krispy Kreme on Hawthorne Avenue and Independence Boulevard, and the ECHL offices, which moved to New Jersey.
He played for four ownership groups, including both stints by Carl Scheer and Felix Sabates. Former teammates number more than 250.
Seher said he won’t come out of retirement, and is working as a sales representative for Bealer Wholesale, a beverage distributor.
“It was the right time to retire,” he said. “It’s best for my family in the long run. I’ll miss hanging out with the guys, the long bus trips, card games, movies, all that stuff you do.”
Seher had brief stints in the American Hockey League with Providence and Syracuse, and in the International Hockey League with Utah, Manitoba and Detroit.
His Charlotte totals: 593 games, 73 goals, 203 assists; 527 penalty minutes, 39 power-play goals and 10 winning goals.
“The measure of a man’s success is longevity and consistency, and Kurt displayed both with a great deal of success,” Scheer said. “Kurt brought credit to himself and our organization by his contributions over the years. When the hockey environment kept constantly changing, Kurt always stayed the same.”