Center Scott Gomez has retired after 16 NHL seasons.
"This has been my life," Gomez, 36, told the Alaska Dispatch News for a report published Wednesday. "It's so weird to think I'm never going to play hockey again. People say, 'You'll find something.' But saying that, there will never be that feeling again, of even playing a preseason NHL game. You're playing at the highest level there is.
"But I'm done. I'm done."
Gomez had one goal and eight assists in 34 games for the St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators last season.
He won the Stanley Cup twice with the New Jersey Devils (2000, 2003), who drafted the Anchorage, Alaska, native in the first round (No. 27) of the 1997 NHL Draft. He had 19 goals and 51 assists in 82 games as a rookie in 1999-2000, when he won the Calder Trophy.
Gomez scored 181 goals and had 575 assists in 1,079 career NHL games with the Devils, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers, Blues and Senators.