Engelland of Golden Knights to retire from NHL after 11 seasons

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Deryk Engelland of the Vegas Golden Knights will announce his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old defenseman played the final three of his 11 NHL seasons with Vegas. Engelland will transition to the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation as the special assistant to owner Bill Foley. He will support the Golden Knights, the foundation and Foley’s other charitable efforts through community outreach.

Engelland, selected by the New Jersey Devils in the sixth round (No. 194) of the 2000 NHL Draft, began his pro hockey career by playing for the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL in 2003-04 and 2004-05. He has been a Las Vegas resident for the majority of his hockey career after meeting his wife, Melissa, while playing with the Wranglers.

He played 671 NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames and Golden Knights, who chose him in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. Engelland finished his NHL career with 127 points (30 goals, 97 assists), including six points (one goal, five assists) in 49 games last season. He had five assists in 55 postseason games; two of them came in 2017, when he played 20 games during the first-year Golden Knights’ run to the Stanley Cup Final.

Engelland’s best offensive season came in 2017-18, when he scored 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) with the Golden Knights. He was an alternate captain and was presented with the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl after Vegas won the Western Conference Final.

After the 2017-18 season, Engelland was named winner of the Mark Messier Leadership Award, presented to the NHL player who exemplifies great leadership qualities on and off the ice. He was a fixture in the Las Vegas community following a mass shooting Oct. 1, 2017, and made a passionate pregame speech at the home opener nine days later. He also started Engo’s Heroes, a charitable initiative to honor those affected by the shooting and additional first responders in the Las Vegas Valley, and was also involved in other charitable initiatives during his three seasons with the team.

“Deryk Engelland epitomizes what it means to be a Golden Knight — a no-ego, selfless, hardworking player who has an unwavering commitment to protecting those who are unable to protect themselves,” Foley said. “Since he joined our organization in 2017, Deryk’s service to our community has been exemplary. On behalf of the entire Vegas Golden Knights organization, we would like to congratulate Deryk on an outstanding career. He has made an indelible mark on our city and we are excited for this next chapter, as he stays with the Golden Knights family and continues the outstanding work he has done in our community.”

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