Center Daniel Briere announced his retirement from the NHL on Monday after 17 seasons with five teams.
Briere, 37, played for the Phoenix Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. He scored 307 goals and had 696 points in 973 regular-season games, and had 53 goals and 116 points in 124 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
He announced his retirement in a bylined story in Le Droit, a French newspaper in his hometown of Gatineau, Quebec, amid speculation on his future.
"This is not a decision that can be taken lightly. I've been thinking about it for weeks," Briere wrote. "In fact, I first began bouncing the idea around in my head last winter, when I was in Colorado. I felt far away from my children, who stayed in Philadelphia. It wasn’t really an easy situation for me. ... I'm putting an end to my career in order to become more involved in the lives of my three boys. They are at an age when it is crucial to have a father at home.
"This summer, the more time I spent with them, the less I saw myself leaving home one more time to start up the engine for another season. If I took my time before making my decision, it was because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t making the wrong one."