Stepan retires from NHL after 13 seasons
Derek Stepan retired from the NHL after 13 seasons, he announced Tuesday.
"I want to thank my family and friends for always supporting me and allowing me to live my dreams," he said in a statement. "I want to thank the four organizations I had the privilege of playing for and 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."
The 33-year-old became an unrestricted free agent this offseason after playing on two consecutive one-year deals with the Carolina Hurricanes. He managed just 11 points in 73 games last season while averaging 9:05 per contest.
Stepan also suited up for the New York Rangers, Arizona Coyotes, and Ottawa Senators throughout his career. His most notable stint was on Broadway, where he played seven seasons. He produced his most memorable moments with the Rangers, including a hat trick in his NHL debut and the Game 7 overtime winner against the Washington Capitals in the second round of the 2015 playoffs.
Across 890 career games, Stepan produced 182 goals and 333 assists to go with 55 points in 120 playoff appearances.
Internationally, Stepan represented the United States at the world juniors (2010), world championship (2011), Olympics (2014), and World Cup of Hockey (2016).
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