TORONTO - Veteran defenceman Tom Poti has announced his retirement after 14 NHL seasons.
Poti was an all-star with the Rangers in 2003 and helped the United States win a silver medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
"I was very fortunate to play in the National Hockey League for 14 years. It was a dream come true and I had an awesome ride and met so many great people along the way," Poti said in a statement. "I'd like to thank my family and my wife and children for all their love and support."
The six-foot-three, 190-pound native of Worcester, Mass., was a steady point-producer in his career but also a consistent team leader in shot blocking and penalty killing. He averaged 22:34 in ice-time per game, recorded a plus-minus of plus-44 and also accumulated 586 penalty minutes.
Poti, 37, also helped his teams reach the playoffs seven times, averaging 22:56 in ice-time per game and recording 19 points in 51 playoff games.