Daniel Briere with the Flyers in 2008
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (R) stops a breakaway shot by Philadelphia Flyers' Daniel Briere in the third period in Game 5 of their NHL Eastern Conference semi-final hockey game in Montreal, May 3, 2008. REUTERS/Shaun Best

Veteran center Daniel Briere has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League, according to an official statement.

"I've been very, very fortunate to have a chance to play with some great organizations, but at this point the family becomes a priority," Briere said. "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."

Briere, who is from Gatineau, Quebec in Canada, has played for multiple teams in his illustrious NHL career. This includes stints with the Phoenix Coyotes from 1997 to 2003, Buffalo Sabres from 2002 to 2007, Philadelphia Flyers from 2007 to 2013, Montreal Canadiens in 2013-2014 and Colorado Avalanche in 2014-2015.

In international competition, Briere has helped Canada to four gold medals, in the 1994 World U18 Championships, 1997 World Junior Championships, and the 2003 and 2004 World Championships.

In 973 games in the regular season, Briere has a total of 696 points (307 goals and 389 assists) and in 124 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Canadian has a total of 116 points (53 goals and 63 assists). Briere was part of the Flyers team that made it to the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals and the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.