Free agent left winger Alex Tanguay was reportedly still seeking an NHL gig earlier this season, but a recent report by NHL.com (via Eliteprospects.com) implies that the veteran has decided to hang up his skates. According to NHL Public Relations, the 37-year-old has been hired be the NHL Network as an on-air analyst. The long-time player appeared on the network earlier this season, and he’s set to make his full-time debut this evening on NHL Tonight.
In a statement, Tanguay seemingly confirmed his retirement:
“I’ve been lucky enough to realize a childhood dream to play in the NHL for 16 years and, in looking to stay involved in hockey, I thought there was no better way than to be part of the expert panel at NHL Network. I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for the game with the fans.”
The 1998 12th overall pick had a successful 16-year career, compiling 283 goals and 580 assists. During his first tenure with the Avalanche, the forward won the 2001 Stanley Cup and was named an All-Star in 2004. Tanguay also spent time with the Flames, Canadiens, Lightning, and Coyotes. The veteran played for both Colorado and Arizona during the 2015-2016 campaign, compiling eight goals and 27 assists in 70 games.