TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Maple Leafs’ goalie Curtis Joseph, one of the most successful netminders in the history of the National Hockey League, ended his 19-year career by retiring on Tuesday.
The 42-year-old stopper finished with 454 career victories, trailing only Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy and Ed Belfour in the all-time regular season goalie wins category.
“It’s a good day and it’s been a great career,” Joseph said during a press conference in Toronto.
“I‘m a lucky guy to do what I love to do for a living for 19 years, almost two decades. I‘m extremely happy and certainly felt I didn’t leave anything on the table.”
Joseph, who represented Canada at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics, broke into the NHL in the 1989-90 season with the St. Louis Blues.
He also played for the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes and the Detroit Red Wings in a 943-game career.
Writing by Frank Pingue; Editing by Patrick Johnston