Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Goaltender Pascal Leclaire announced his retirement Tuesday due to a recurring hip injury.
The 30-year-old Leclaire was taken by the Columbus with the eighth overall pick of the 2001 NHL Draft, and spent parts of six seasons with the Blue Jackets.
The Ottawa Senators acquired him in March 2009, but he appeared in just 48 games over the next two seasons.
He missed all of last season with hip issues.
“I’ve been through the ‘Why me?’ phase,” Leclaire said. “When I look around the world, I know there are way worse things in life than having a bad hip. There are people making sacrifices every day, and I try to keep that in mind.
“But when I think about it just from the hockey aspect, this really (stinks). I don’t wish any player to go through something like this. It’s a tough thing to stop playing at my age.”
In a 173-game career, Leclaire went 61-76-15 with a 2.89 goals-against average, a .904 save percentage and 10 shutouts.
His best season came in 2007-08, when he went 24-17-6 and was second in the League with nine shutouts.