September 20, 2019 / 4:38 PM / 6 months ago

Veteran Defenseman Girardi retires

FILE PHOTO: New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi looks to check Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin during first period action in Game 4 of their NHL Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference Quarterfinal hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, May 8, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger

Veteran NHL defenseman Dan Girardi announced his retirement on Friday.

Girardi, 35, appeared in 927 career games with the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, tallying 264 points (56 goals, 208 assists) with a plus-78 rating.

Signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent from Welland, Ontario, Girardi played for the team from 2006-17. He spent the past two years with the Tampa Bay Lightning, appearing in 62 games last season with 16 points (four goals, 12 assists).

He also played in 143 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording eight goals and 28 assists.

“I gave my all every single night and left it all out on the ice,” Girardi said in a statement. “Now it’s time for the next chapter of my life to begin and I couldn’t be happier ... and so is my body.”

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