"Today, I am officially announcing my retirement from the National Hockey League. I am extremely grateful for having had the opportunity to be a part of this great league. The game has been so good to me and I will always be thankful for having had so many years doing what I loved to do."
-- Gary Roberts
Roberts, 42, was acquired by the Lightning from Pittsburgh this past summer and skated in 30 games this season, recording four goals, seven points and 27 penalty minutes. His final game took place March 1 at Calgary, where Roberts began his career in 1986 and where he helped the Flames win the 1989 Stanley Cup. His storied career took him from Calgary (1986-96) to Carolina (1997-2000) to Toronto (2000-2004) to Florida (2005-2007) to Pittsburgh (2007-2008) before concluding this season in Tampa Bay.
"Gary has done everything we could have asked or expected of him this year," said Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton. "Although we wish things had been better to date for the club, we are extremely grateful to Gary for his contributions both on and off the ice. His leadership, professionalism and guidance will be felt for years because our young players were able to watch, listen and learn from one of the true greats of the game.
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