Matt Calvert retired from the NHL Thursday after 11 seasons.
The 31-year-old forward has three assists in 18 games with the Colorado Avalanche this season and did not play after March 23 due to an undisclosed injury.
Calvert scored 203 points (95 goals, 108 assists) in 566 regular season games with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Avalanche.
“I have been fortunate enough to play the game that I love since I was 5,” Calvert said. “I never played to get to the NHL. I played for the competition. I played for my teammates. I played for the fans. I played for my family. I played because I liked to fight and I played to win. I dreamed of becoming an accountant when I was 18 and three years later I was playing in the NHL. “
Selected by Columbus in the fifth round (127th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Calvert scored 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 32 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
“It has been an absolute honor to wear the Columbus Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche jerseys throughout my career,” he said. “I would bleed for these organizations any day. Thank you to all the coaches and GMs who pushed me to be my best.… What an amazing trip. I feel like the luckiest person in the world. for having had this opportunity. I can’t wait to skate on the outdoor rinks with my retired boys. Love you all! “