Longtime NHL D-man’s Dion Phaneuf retires after 14 seasons

Dion Phaneuf called it a career.

The defender announced his official retirement from the NHL on Tuesday, after playing 14 seasons and 1,048 games.

Outlined ninth overall by Calgary in 2003, Phaneuf fits the Flame, Toronto Maple Leafs, Senator from Ottawa and Los Angeles Kings. He scored 137 goals and 494 points, adding 21 points in 55 playoffs.

“When I look back, it’s hard to wrap up and thank the huge number of people who have supported and guided me both as a player and as a person throughout my career,” Phaneuf said in a statement. announcement on Tuesday. “I have been very fortunate to have played in the NHL for a long time and first of all I am very grateful to my mom, dad and brother for their tireless support on and off the ice.”

Phaneuf will be featured at the Leafs game on Tuesday night.

Phaneuf established physical defense very early on. Making his NHL debut with Calgary in 2005, Phaneuf led the rookie defense in goals (20) and points (49) during the 2005-06 season to finish third in the Calder Trophy vote.

In 2007-08 Phaneuf was named to the NHL’s First Team of the Year and finished second that year in the Norris Trophy.

During his fifth half-season with the Flames, Phaneuf was part of the seven-player swap that brought him to the Maple Leafs. He left Calgary scoring 75 goals and 228 points in 378 games.

Toronto named Phaneuf the 18th captain in franchise history on June 14, 2010. He patrolled the Leafs blueline for most of the next six seasons, enduring a dramatic roller coaster ride. in and out of the band.

During a particularly difficult time in 2014, fans began throwing jerseys at the Leafs’ home games to express their displeasure. The players react to an incident known as “Salutegate” where they refused to acknowledge fans following a 5-2 win over Tampa on November 20, 2014.

Phaneuf was then part of a blockbuster deal between Toronto and Ottawa on February 9, 2016, targeting the team of Senators that reached the 2016-17 Eastern Conference Finals. That was the last time Phaneuf reached the Stanley Cup Final.

The blueliner was traded again, for the Kings in February 2018. Phaneuf skated in 93 games for Los Angeles before his contract was purchased in June 2019.

Phaneuf said in a statement: “I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the many coaches, staff and teammates that I have had the honor of working with over the years. “The GM and my first NHL coach, Darryl Sutter, got me started in Calgary and showed me what it takes to be a top NHL player; I’m indebted to Brian Burke for putting it on. I came to Toronto and made me captain of the most historic franchise series in league history; my embryos, Dan and Christine Doyle, and lots of teammates from the Maple Leafs, Flames, Senators and Kings, who who will remain good friends in our game days.

“A big thank you to the entire Toronto Maple Leafs organization, their ownership and leadership, Larry Tanenbaum and Brendan Shanahan for giving me the opportunity to retire with such love and support in Toronto. It is a special honor to represent the Maple Leafs team as captain, a pride and honor that I will carry with me forever. “ | Longtime NHL D-man’s Dion Phaneuf retires after 14 seasons

Subhankar Mondal

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