Dion Phaneuf announced his retirement Tuesday, ending a 14-season NHL career with the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and Los Angeles Kings.
Phaneuf, who last played in the 2018-19 NHL season, was a finalist for two major awards and the captain of one of the NHL’s marquee franchises during his career.
The 6-foot-4, 222-pound defenseman combined physicality with offensive skill and logged heavy minutes. He scored 494 points (137 goals, 357 assists) while averaging 23:28 of ice time in 1,048 regular-season games, plus 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) while averaging 23:49 in 55 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“As I look back, it’s hard to encapsulate and thank the great number of people who supported and guided me both as a player and a person throughout my career,” the 36-year-old said in a statement released by the NHL Players’ Association. “I was very fortunate to play in the NHL for a long time.”
Phaneuf, the No. 9 pick of the 2003 NHL Draft, scored 49 points (20 goals, 29 assists) in 82 games for the Calgary Flames in 2005-06 and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s rookie of the year, finishing third behind forwards Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The goal total was Phaneuf’s NHL career high.
He scored 60 points (17 goals, 43 assists) in 82 games for the Flames in 2007-08; was runner-up to Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings for the Norris Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s best defenseman; and was named an NHL First Team All-Star. The assist and point totals were his NHL career highs.
After scoring 228 points (75 goals, 153 assists) in 378 games in Calgary, Phaneuf was traded to the Maple Leafs on Jan. 31, 2010. He was named captain June 14, 2010, and scored 196 points (45 goals, 151 assists) in 423 games in Toronto.
“It was a special honor to represent the Maple Leafs as team captain — a point of pride and honor I will carry with me forever,” Phaneuf said.
Phaneuf went on to score 54 points (13 goals, 41 assists) in 154 games for the Senators, with whom he made the longest playoff run of his NHL career, advancing to the Eastern Conference Final in 2017 when the Senators lost to the Penguins in seven games.
He then scored 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 93 games for the Los Angeles Kings, playing his last NHL game April 6, 2019.
He appeared in the NHL All-Star Game three times (2007, 2008 and 2012).
“I’m thankful first and foremost to my Mom, Dad and brother for their untiring support on and off the ice,” Phaneuf said. “My heartfelt love and appreciation also goes to my wife, Elisha, and our daughter.
“I also owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the many coaches, staff and teammates I had the privilege to work alongside through the years. …
“And finally, to the fans — a very special thank you for all the support over the years. Your passion drives us all.”