Coburn retires from NHL after 16 seasons


The 36-year-old defenseman last played in the 2020-21 season when he had two assists in 19 games for the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders.

Coburn won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2020. He was the third player to lift the Cup after captain Steven Stamkos and defenseman Victor Hedman.

Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the first round (No. 8) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Coburn scored 234 points (49 goals, 185 assists) in 983 regular-season games with the Thrashers, Philadelphia Flyers, Lightning, Senators and Islanders.

“Walking into NHL buildings for the last 16 years, surrounded by hockey’s greatest players, coaches, management, trainers, officials, and fans, has been an incredible privilege,” Coburn told the NHL Players’ Association. “I’m very proud to have come into the League as an Atlanta Thrasher, proudly wore the orange and black as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning and finished my career with the Ottawa Senators and the New York Islanders.”

Coburn scored 32 points (three goals, 29 assists) in 137 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

“Thank you to my parents, grandparents, and siblings for the sacrifices you made helping me realize my NHL dream,” he said. “Thank you to my minor hockey coaches for always making the game fun, and countless others that taught me how awesome it was to be a part of a team. I would also like to send a sincere thank you to my teammates, friends and family, especially my wife, Nadine, my daughter, Rory, and my son, Blair, for their patience, support and unwavering love. I’m thankful for the amazing people I have met along the way, and I am very excited for what is to come.”

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