Former Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom
officially announced his retirement from the National Hockey League Tuesday after a 14-year career with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars.
| Thank You Matty
“Yes, I have retired,” Norstrom told Dallasstars.com. “This wasn’t a rash decision by any means and I am comfortable with it. I knew going into the season that this was the last year of my contract and I didn’t want to make a big distraction out of it.
"The last game of the Detroit series was my final game in the NHL.”
Norstrom, 36, concludes a 14-year NHL career that saw him post 165 points (18 goals, 147 assists) and 661 penalty minutes in 903 games.
"I congratulate Mattias Norstrom on his retirement," Kings' President of Business Operations and a former teammate of Nortstom said. "Matty has been a great friend to me for so many years and I really enjoyed playing with him and the relationship we have established. As a hockey player I have a great deal of admiration for the way he played this game. He played with a great deal of passion and he played every game like it was his last. Off the ice he is a great role model for any hockey player or person to emulate and is one of the greatest people I know.
"He is just a quality person and one of the best leaders the Kings have ever had."
In 56 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, the former captain of the L.A. Kings had two goals and five assists for seven points and 54 penalty minutes. Norstrom served as Kings captain
from 2001-02 until his trade to the Dallas Stars at the trade deadline on Feb. 27, 2007.
Norstrom is second on the Kings all-time list in games played amongst defensemen, appearing in 780 games - which held the team record at the time of his trade - with Los Angeles, scoring 14 of his 18 career goals, while adding 128 assists and collecting 583 PIMs.
Norstrom advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs in four of his 11 seasons with the club, tallying 0-2=2 in 28 post season games.
Norstrom was orginally drafted by the New York Rangers in the second round , 48th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft and played parts of three seasons in the Big Apple (43 games) before being traded to the Kings with Ray Ferraro, Ian Laperriere, Nathan Lafayette and a fourth round choice in the 1997 Entry Draft for Marty McSorley, Jari Kurri and Shane Churla on March 14, 1996. (All-Time Kings Trades
The 6-2, 210 pound blueliner would play in two NHL All-Star Games with Los Angeles (1999, 2004 - Kings All-Star Game History
) before being dealt to the Dallas Stars with Konstantin Pushkarev, a third round pick in 2007 and a fourth round pick in 2007 for Jaroslav Modry, the rights to Johan Fransson
, a first round pick in 2008, a second round pick in 2007 and a third round pick in 2007 on Feb. 27, 2007.
Norstrom collected two goals and 13 assists for 15 points with 48 penalty minutes in 80 games with the Stars. He also skated in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games with Dallas and earned five points (2 goals, 3 assists), all of which came during the Stars run to the 2008 Western Conference Finals.
A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Norstrom ranked second on the Stars during the 2007-08 season with 91 blocked shots and skated in his 900th career NHL game on March 30 vs. Anaheim.