Toby Petersen announced his retirement from hockey on Thursday at the Texas Stars Calder Cup Championship rally.
The 35-year-old Petersen played 14 professional seasons, including 398 games in the NHL. In his final season he appeared in just 40 combined regular season and playoff games due to injury.
“I’ve known for months that it was the right decision, there is never really a good time to tell anyone since we were still playing,” Petersen said. “After the first surgery I was leaning that way, then I broke my foot. Those were some of the factors that led to my decision.”
Still on crutches due to the foot injury, Petersen made the extra effort during the rally on Thursday to hoist the cup and received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Petersen didn’t speculate on his future plans Thursday, but he said he plans to stay involved with hockey.