Golden Knights' Deryk Engelland announces retirement from hockey

Even though he was born in Edmonton, Deryk Engelland has found a home in Las Vegas and has helped rally the city after tragedy struck on October 1st 2017.

Deryk Engelland is stepping away from hockey after 11 seasons in the NHL, the Vegas Golden Knights announced.

Engelland will remain with the Golden Knights as a special assistant to owner Bill Foley and continue to work with the Golden Knights Foundation.

“Deryk Engelland epitomizes what it means to be a Golden Knight. A no-ego, selfless, hardworking player who has an unwavering commitment to protecting those who are unable to protect themselves,” Foley said in a statement. “Since he joined our organization in 2017, Deryk’s service to our community has been exemplary.

"On behalf of the entire Vegas Golden Knights organization, we would like to congratulate Deryk on an outstanding career. He has made an indelible mark on our city and we are excited for this next chapter, as he stays with the Golden Knights family and continues the outstanding work he has done in our community.”

The 38-year-old joined the Golden Knights after he was selected in the 2017 expansion draft. Before joining Vegas, he spent time with the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins, registering 127 points in 671 career games.

The defenceman was named the winner of the Mark Messier Leadership Award for his work in the Vegas community after the tragic shooting before the Golden Knights' inaugural season. He also created a charitable initiative to help those impacted by the Oct. 1 shooting and first responders in the Las Vegas Valley.

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