After 14 seasons, veteran left winger Simon Gagne is retiring from the National Hockey League. The 35-year-old left winger last played with the Boston Bruins but spent most of his time with the Philadelphia Flyers, from 1999 to 2000 and 2012-201.
"Today, I want to thank my trainers and teammates. You inspired me to surpass myself. You made me understand that you need more than talent; it takes sacrifice and discipline and you need to work harder than your rivals. I also wish to thank my fans. Every evening, you energized me and inspired me to perform,” Gagne said in a press release via ESPN.
Gagne, who is from Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada, has made the NHL All-Star squad twice in his career and has also played for the Tampa Bay Lightning (2010-2011), Los Angeles Kings (2011 to 2013), where he won a Stanley Cup title.
Gagne has also made his mark in the international team representing the Canadian ice hockey national team five times. With Gagne, Team Canada won the silver medal at the 199 World Junior Championships and the 2005 World Championships and the gold medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics and the 2004 World Cup.
For his entire NHL career, Gagne has played in 822 regular season games producing 601 points (291 goals and 310 assists) and in 109 playoff games with 59 points (37 goals and 22 assists).
For Team Canada, he played a total of 26 games for the senior team and had 19 points (6 goals and 13 assists) in his international career.