Ryan Callahan announces retirement from NHL after 13 seasons

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Ryan Callahan (24) suffered a career-ending back injury. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

Ryan Callahan has formally retired from hockey after 13 seasons in the NHL, the forward announced on his Twitter account.

"Let's make it official. I did not play last year due to a back injury but I am officially announcing my retirement from the NHL," Callahan wrote. "Reflecting on my career, it's hard to wrap my head around how lucky and grateful I am for being able to live out my childhood dream for 13 amazing years."

Originally a fourth-round pick by the New York Rangers in 2004, Callahan appeared in 757 games, where he scored 186 goals and 386 points. The Rochester, NY., native became the captain of the Rangers in 2011 and was then traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a deal for Martin St. Louis in 2014.

The 35-year-old last played in 2019 with the Lightning where he suffered a career-ending back injury that limited him to seven goals and 17 points in only 52 games that season. Tampa Bay later traded Callahan to the Ottawa Senators where he spent his final season on injured reserve.

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