Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Long-time NHL defenseman Hal Gill announced his retirement on Thursday, after sitting out all of the previous season.

Gill participated in just six games with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2013-14, his last professional action.

"I am so thankful to have played for such great organizations. I was lucky to have made amazing friendships throughout my career and live in so many beautiful cities. I would like to thank the fans for their support, the coaches for their direction, the team staffs for their efforts, and most of all, my teammates for their camaraderie (and keeping me in line)," Gill stated in comments released by the NHLPA.

The 40-year-old native of eastern Massachusetts was an eighth-round pick of the Bruins in 1993, and made his NHL debut in 1997 following a four-year tenure at Providence College.

A defensive blueliner who used size to create an advantage, he participated in 1,108 NHL contests for Boston, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Nashville and Philly, winning a Stanley Cup in 2009 with the Penguins. In that time, Gill amassed 184 points, adding six assists in 111 postseason games.

Gill additionally represented Team USA five times in the World Championship (2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006), which included a bronze medal in '04.