Danny Briere retires after 17 years
Former Philadelphia Flyers star Danny Briere brought the curtain down on his 17-year professional hockey career on Monday, confirming his retirement from the sport after nearly 1,000 NHL games.
Briere, 37, a member of Canada`s World Championship-winning teams in 2003 and 2004, said he was stepping down to spend more time with his family.
"After taking a few weeks to think about it, it`s time to hang them up and spend a little more time at home with the family," Briere said in a statement.
"The Flyers are where I played the bulk of my career. I`ve had a great time in Philadelphia and have been very, very fortunate to have the chance to play here. ... It`s been a great ride in an area that I still call home."
Briere scored 307 goals and provided 389 assists during stints with the Phoenix Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Flyers, Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche.
He began his career with the Coyotes after being selected in the 1996 NHL entry draft, eventually landing at the Flyers in 2007.
Briere recorded 68 points (36 goals, 32 assists) in 62 career playoff games with the Flyers.