Toronto, Canada – NEW YORK (Reuters) - Michael Peca, a member of the Canadian hockey team that snapped a 50-year gold medal drought at the 2002 Winter Olympics, retired from the NHL on Tuesday after 13 seasons.
The 35-year-old forward last played for the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2008-09 season and finished his career with 465 points in 864 NHL games.
"Today, I can honestly say that I am able to walk away from the game as a player knowing that I always left everything I had on the ice," Peca, who was an unrestricted free agent, said in a statement.
"I appreciate everything hockey has given me, and I hope that I earned the respect of my great team mates and opponents by playing the only way I knew how to."
Peca also won the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded to the league's top defensive forward, in 1997 and 2002.
(Writing by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Justin Palmer)