Bruins right wing Fitzgerald retires after 17 seasons
BOSTON -- Bruins right wing Tom Fitzgerald retired Tuesday after 17 seasons in the NHL.
Fitzgerald, 38, scored four goals and 10 points in 71 games last season with the Bruins, his seventh team.
"I'm very proud to retire as a Boston Bruin," said Fitzgerald, a native of Billerica, Mass. "I came to Boston with an agenda, which was to play here and live out a childhood dream. I did that and I'm very lucky and very fortunate. I took a lot of pride wearing that sweater and I'm walking away a very happy man."
A first-round draft pick of the New York Islanders in 1986, Fitzgerald recorded 139 goals and 190 assists in 1,097 career games with Boston, Toronto, Chicago, Nashville, Colorado, Florida and the Islanders.
"It is a tremendous achievement to play 17 seasons in the National Hockey League," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "It shows not only a high level of talent, but a commitment of character as well."