BREAKING: 1000 Game Veteran Officially Retires From Hockey

Published October 3, 2023 at 2:49 PM

A big announcement from a 1000-game veteran as he hangs up his skates and officially retires.

Stepan Officially Retires

It is the end of the line for Derek Stepan's NHL career. After 890 regular season games and another 120 in the playoffs, the 33-year-old has announced his retirement.

"After 13 years in the NHL I've decided to retire. I want to thank my family and friends for always supporting me and allowing me to live my dreams. I want to thank the four organizations I had the privilege of playing for, and to my teammates for allowing me to be part of their family. Finally, I want to thank the fans, it was an honor to play in front of you. I'm forever grateful for this game and I look forward to the next chapter." - Derek Stepan

The Journey

Stepan was initially drafted by the New York Rangers 51st overall in 2008. After playing seven seasons with the Rangers, he played three seasons with the Arizona Coyotes, one season with the Ottawa Senators, and his final two seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes. In his 890 regular season games, the forward had 182 and 515 points. He added another 20 goals and 55 points in 120 playoff games.

International Play

Stepan was captain of the United States World Junior Hockey team in 2010, leading them to a gold medal. It was just the second gold medal ever for the US, and it came by beating Canada in overtime in the final game

Congrats to Stepan on a great career, and all the best in his next chapter.
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