Former Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan chose to hang his skates on Wednesday.
“It simply came to our notice then. I did not play last year due to a back injury, but I am officially announcing my retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL), the 35-year-old wrote on his Twitter account. Looking back on my career, it is hard to understand how lucky and grateful I was to have been able to live my childhood dream of 13 wonderful years. ”
The 2004 fourth round pick of the “Blueshirts” (127th overall) spent the first eight years of his career with the Rangers. In March 2014, he struck a chord with Martin in a deal to send St. Louis to the Big Apple.
In 757 games on the Betman circuit, Callahan hit the target 186 times and provided 200 assists for 386 points.
“I was very lucky to have this career, to play for the Rangers, to be the captain, to have a great time in Tampa, where I fell in love with the city and the team,” Callahan said in an interview with the NHL Players Association website.
“I’m proud to have collaborated in so many different ways in my career and to have given my 100% in every game.”