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Daniel Briere Announces Retirement

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche

Center Daniel Briere announced his retirement from the NHL on Monday after 17 seasons with five teams.

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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.

"After taking a few weeks to think about it, it's time to hang them up and spend a little more time at home with the family," Briere said in a news release from the Flyers. "I've been very, very fortunate to have a chance to play with some great organizations, but at this point the family becomes a priority."

Briere closed out an outstanding career in 2014-15 with the Avalanche, registering 12 points (eight goals and four assists) in 57 games. He ranked third on the club with three game-winning goals, which included an overtime-winner on Nov. 25 at Arizona. It was his 12th overtime-winning tally of his career, which tied him for fifth among active players at the time.

His first game-winner of the season came in dramatic fashion on Oct. 13 at Boston. He tallied with less than a second left in the third period to give Colorado a 2-1 victory and become the first player in Avalanche/Nordiques history to score a game-winning goal with one second left in regulation. The goal was also Briere's 300th of his NHL career.

Selected in the first round (No. 24) of the 1996 NHL Draft by the Coyotes, the Gatineau, Quebec, native spent parts of six seasons in Phoenix before he was traded to the Sabres during the 2002-03 season. Briere had the best offensive season of his career with Buffalo in 2006-07, scoring 32 goals and finishing with 95 points in 81 games.

Briere signed with the Flyers after being an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2007 and helped Philadelphia make the playoffs in five of his six seasons there. He had 70 goals and 146 points in 258 games with the Flyers but scored 36 goals and had 68 points in 62 playoff games, including a franchise-record 30 points (12 goals) in 23 games in 2010, when the Flyers advanced to the Stanley Cup Final before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

Briere signed a two-year contract with the Canadiens prior to the 2013-14 season and was later acquired by the Avalanche on June 30, 2014.

ColoradoAvalanche.com contributed to this story

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