Veteran of 1000+ games hangs up the skates after 17 NHL seasons

Published October 31, 2023 at 7:35 PM

After 17 seasons in the NHL and over 1,100 games, veteran forward Paul Stastny is hanging up the skates. Stastny confirmed the news to Pierre LeBrun in a recent article in The Athletic.

"I haven't filed anything, but in early September we decided we were done," Stastny said.

He added, "I didn't put anything out on social media or anything. I kind of came into the league quietly and I'm leaving the league quietly. That's the way I like it."

"All the people close to me know, and then word always gets out eventually.

Stastny was drafted in the second round, 44th overall, back in 2005 by the Colorado Avalanche. He would go on to spend eight seasons in the Mile High City before moving on to the St. Louis Blues for parts of the next four years.

In the latter years of his career, Stastny suited up for the Winnipeg Jets, on two separate stints, the Vegas Golden Knights and most recently in 2022-23 with the Carolina Hurricanes.

In 1,145 career NHL games, the 37-year-old put up 822 points (293 goals, 529 assists), along with 500 penalty minutes. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stastny had 73 points (30 goals, 43 assists) in 118 games.

On the international stage, Stastny represented the United States on several occasions including two Winter Olympics, winning silver at the 2010 games in Vancouver.

Congratulations to Paul Stastny on a great career in the National Hockey League and all the best in retirement!

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