Though he hasn’t played an NHL game since last year, Josh Gorges’ playing career was not officially over. That changed today when the veteran defenseman announced his retirement from the game of hockey. Gorges played 34 games last season for the Buffalo Sabres, and failed to reach an extension with the team as they moved on to a younger core.
The 34-year old defenseman will finish his NHL career with 783 regular season games, most of which were spent with the Montreal Canadiens. Gorges was a fan favorite in Montreal and a warrior in his own end, suiting up 57 times in the postseason for the franchise and averaging nearly 22 minutes a night in those games. Though he was never considered an offensive player, responsibility was heaped upon Gorges to slow down the opponent’s best players every single night.
In 2014 he was traded to the Sabres where he would wear an “A” as an alternate captain for three seasons, before transitioning out of that role last year. The well-liked veteran nevertheless failed to help Buffalo to the playoffs, and was an obvious choice to let go when his contract expired given the youth being injected into the lineup for this season.