Marc Savard officially announces retirement from NHL

Marc Savard hasn't played hockey since early 2011. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Marc Savard officially announced his retirement on Monday after 13 seasons as an NHLer.

The 40-year-old last suited up for an NHL game during the 2010-11 season — the year his Bruins won the Stanley Cup — but his career was ultimately cut short due to ongoing concussion issues. The seven-year, $28.15-million contract he signed with Boston in 2009 officially expired at the end of the 2016-17 season, and Savard called it a career with a two-part statement released via Twitter:

Savard played a total of 807 NHL games over the course of 13 seasons split between the New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and Boston Bruins since being drafted in the fourth round by the Rangers in 1995. The centreman registered 207 goals and 499 assists for 706 points.

“I think the biggest thing is that I’m happy where I am in my life,” Savard said via NHLPA.com. “I’m the healthiest I’ve been in a long time. I didn’t want it to linger on any more. My contract is up and I wanted to get it out there and head off in a different direction to pursue a coaching career.”

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