Veteran Defenseman Girardi retires - Metro US

Veteran Defenseman Girardi retires


Veteran NHL defenseman Dan Girardi announced his retirement on Friday.

Girardi, 35, appeared in 927 career games with the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, tallying 264 points (56 goals, 208 assists) with a plus-78 rating.

Signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent from Welland, Ontario, Girardi played for the team from 2006-17. He spent the past two years with the Tampa Bay Lightning, appearing in 62 games last season with 16 points (four goals, 12 assists).

He also played in 143 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording eight goals and 28 assists.

“I gave my all every single night and left it all out on the ice,” Girardi said in a statement. “Now it’s time for the next chapter of my life to begin and I couldn’t be happier … and so is my body.”

–Field Level Media

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