LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings right wing Trent Klatt has informed the club of his intentions to retire from the National Hockey League, Kings Senior Vice President/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today.
"We would like to thank Trent for his contributions to our club during the 2003-04 season," said Taylor. "We respect his decision and the Kings organization wishes him and his family the best in the future."
Said Klatt: "My children have been in three schools the past three years and I did not feel it was fair to them to continue this trend. My family needs stability. I want to thank all of the organizations for which I have played, my coaches, the fans, media, all the friends my family has made along the way, and most importantly, my teammates."
Klatt, 34, played in 782 career regular season NHL games for the Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars. He signed with the Kings as a free agent on July 7, 2003, and in 82 games during the 2003-04 season he had 43 points (17-26=43) and 46 penalty minutes.
Klatt's lone season as a King was also his finest offensive season since 1996-97. As a King, he finished third in club scoring with 43 points and third in goals with 17. His point and goal totals were the second highest in his career (1996-97 – 45 points; 24 goals) and he was the only King to play in all 82 games to mark the third time in his career he has appeared in every game.
A 6-0, 225-pound native of Robbinsdale, Minnesota, Klatt also was fourth on the club with 160 shots and second to Luc Robitaille (12) on the Kings with six power play goals. Klatt also had three two-goal games, and he was the recipient of the Mark Bavis Memorial Award as "Best Newcomer" and was voted "Unsung Hero" by his teammates.
Originally selected by the Washington Capitals in the fifth-round (82nd overall) in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Klatt made his NHL debut with the Minnesota North Stars during the 1991-92 season after playing his college hockey at the University of Minnesota. He accompanied the North Stars franchise to Dallas for the 1993-94 season, before playing with Philadelphia (1996-98) and with Vancouver (1998-2002). He also reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1997 with the Flyers and he twice represented the US in international competition (World Championships in 1999 and the World Juniors in 1991).
Most recently Klatt has served as a member of the Executive Committee for the NHL Players' Association.