Last season, veteran fourth liner and tough guy Travis Moen drew into just 23 regular season games for the Dallas Stars, failing to find the back of the net and recording just two assists.
That combined with his totals from the year prior for just 57 games with the Stars in two years, during which he scored just three goals and 11 points.
As a result, he’s remained on the free agent market through the end of November this year – so he’s hanging up his skates for good.
It was confirmed on Tuesday morning by James Mirtle of the Atlantic Toronto that Moen, a native of Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan, has opted to retire from professional hockey. He’ll walk away from the game with 59 goals and 136 career points to his name, picked up over 747 regular season games.
Drafted 155th overall by the Calgary Flames in 2000 out of the Kelowna Rockets, Moen first went pro in 2002 with the Norfolk Admirals.
From there, he would go on to play with the Chicago Blackhawks, the Anaheim Ducks, the San Jose Sharks, and the Montreal Canadiens before finally finishing off his career in Dallas.
The news of his retirement comes not long after fellow fourth liner John Scott also decided to walk away from the game, further signaling the move away from tough players in the league. At 34, though, Moen’s retirement was about more than just a shift away from his role – it was also a sign that his career may have just naturally run its course.