Veteran NHL defenceman Wade Redden, who helped lead the Senators to the Stanley Cup playoffs in each of his 11 seasons in Ottawa, announced his retirement through the NHL Players’ Association on Thursday.
Redden, 36, played 1,023 regular-season games for the New York Rangers, St. Louis, Boston and Ottawa, scoring 109 goals and 348 assists for 457 points while posting a career plus-160 rating.
“I would first and foremost like to thank my family and friends for their unconditional love and support,” the native of Lloydminster, Sask., said in a statement released by the NHLPA. “I would also like to thank my teammates, coaches and staff for all the great memories created throughout the years.
“To the fans, I appreciate all your support throughout my career. Playing in the National Hockey League has been a dream come true and I feel very proud and privileged to have played more than 1,000 games in 14 NHL seasons.”
A valued, two-way defenceman, Redden finished his career in last year’s lockout-shortened campaign, playing 23 games for St. Louis and six more with Boston following a late-season trade. He posted three goals and seven points in 29 contests with a minus-2 rating.
Redden set a career high in goals with 17 in the 2003-04 season, while his most productive campaign came in 2005-06 with Ottawa when the Kelowna, B.C., resident earned 50 points on 10 goals and 40 assists to go with a career-best plus-35.
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