The Dallas Stars and Brenden Morrow announced today the forward's retirement from the National Hockey League after 15 seasons. Morrow signed a ceremonial one-day agreement with Dallas on Thursday and retired as a member of the Stars.
Morrow, 37, recorded 575 points (265-310=575), 1,362 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of +107 in 991 career regular-season games over 15 NHL seasons with Dallas, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa Bay. The forward also skated in 118 Stanley Cup Playoffs games in his career, registering 46 points (19-27=46) and 130 penalty minutes. Morrow appeared in two Stanley Cup Finals in his career with Dallas in 2000 and most recently as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2015, while also reaching the Conference Finals twice in 2008 with Dallas and 2013 with Pittsburgh.
"The game of hockey has given me so many opportunities in my life," said Morrow. "Winning a gold medal for Canada at the Olympic Games and appearing in two Stanley Cup Final series are things that I only dreamed of growing up. Getting to perform on those stages is still surreal to me. To all my family, friends, trainers, equipment managers, coaches and teammates, thank you for supporting and pushing me throughout my career. Being able to put on an NHL sweater was something that I never took for granted, and it's with a full heart that my family and I have decided that it's time for me to officially retire from the National Hockey League."
Morrow was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (25th overall) of the 1997 NHL Draft. Morrow spent his first 13 NHL seasons with the Stars, recording 528 points (243-285=528) in 835 career regular-season games with the club. The forward also served as the fifth captain in Dallas Stars history, and the 22nd captain in franchise history, from 2006-13, the second-longest tenured captain in club history.
"Brenden exemplified what a captain should be," said Dallas Stars President, CEO and Governor Jim Lites. "He left an indelible mark on this franchise, leading with heart and passion. There wasn't a night where he didn't give every ounce of energy he had, and we deeply appreciate all of his contributions to the game."
The 6-foot, 205-pound native of Carlyle, Sask. ranks fifth in Stars history with 835 games played, while he shares seventh with 243 goals, ranks eighth with 528 points and 10th with 285 assists. Morrow also ranks second in Stars history with 43 career game-winning goals and a +102 career rating with the club, while his 1,203 penalty minutes are good for fourth in franchise history and his 79 power play goals are tied for fifth.
Morrow competed at the international level on seven different occasions with Team Canada. The forward won a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, recording three points (2-1=3) in seven games with Team Canada. Morrow also won gold with Canada at the 2004 IIHF World Championship and at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, while he won silver medals at the 1999 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2005 IIHF World Championship.
Morrow will reside in Dallas with his wife Anne-Marie and their three children.