14-Year Veteran Goaltender Retires From NHL

After an impressive 14-season NHL career, it's the end of the line for former Jennings Trophy winner Thomas Greiss. 

The 37-year-old was an unrestricted free agent after spending the 2022-23 season as a backup with the St. Louis Blues. But he said on Wednesday that he's ready to move on to a new segment of his life. 

There have been some considerations (about playing), but the bottom line is, I looked at a few offers that didn't really appeal to me. As a result, I was ready to make the move and am looking forward to doing some new things in my life. Our job comes with a lot of freedom, but now I can tackle some new challenges.

Greiss has a career 162-130-37 mark with a 2.77 GAA, .911 save percentage and 16 shutouts in 368 regular-season games. His postseason performances were strong as well, posting a 2.43 GAA, .922 save percentage and one shutout in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff contests. 

The pinnacle of his career was in 2018-19 with the New York Islanders, when, in 43 games (39 starts), he posted a 2.28 GAA with a .927 SV%, and shared the Jennings Trophy with Robin Lehner. 

Overall, in five seasons on Long Island, he went 101-60-17 with a 2.70 GAA, .915 save percentage and 10 shutouts. 

"The year with the Islanders when we won in the first playoff round and of course winning the Jennings Trophy were special years," Greiss said. "It was a nice place for me to play in. A good environment and I liked living there. That was certainly one of the highlights for me."

The German-born goalie said he enjoyed all his stops in the NHL (also including the Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks), but is ready to move on to the next chapter of his life.

Congratulations to Greiss on a very successful NHL career. 

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