TORONTO - Gary Roberts has decided to retire from hockey for a second time.
The 42-year-old winger made the announcement during a conference call today. The move was expected after the Tampa Bay Lightning placed him on waivers last week and he was not claimed. Roberts also retired in 1996 due to a chronic neck injury, but returned the following season.
The Toronto native has played in 1,224 career NHL games, picking up 438 goals, 471 assists and 2,560 penalty minutes.
He began his career with Calgary in 1987 and won a Stanley Cup with the Flames in 1989.
The rugged winger had three goals and four assists with the Lightning in only 30 games this season. He missed 33 games with an elbow injury.