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Green retires from NHL, Devils sign 1-day deal

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Andy Green He signed a one-day contract with the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, ending his NHL career after 16 seasons.

The defense, who turns 40 on Oct. 30, has 264 points (52 goals, 212 assists) in 1,057 games between the Devils and the New York Islanders, and 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) in 90 Stanley Cup playoff games. . he was a plus three. The Trenton, Michigan native will be honored by the Devils as he and his family participate in the pack-dropping ceremony ahead of Saturday’s home opener against the Detroit Red Wings.

“After graduating from the University of Miami as an undrafted free agent in 2006, I was fortunate enough to land an NHL contract with the New Jersey Devils. I played my first NHL game and 16 years later, sitting here still believes that I was one of the lucky ones to achieve what I dreamed of when I was 5 years old. It doesn’t seem like it’s going to age.

“I want to thank the New Jersey Devils Organization for giving me my first and last day in the NHL. You treated me and more importantly my family with nothing but love and respect. I will be eternally grateful and grateful to the New York Islanders Organization for the last two and a half years.”

Green will continue to live in New Jersey and work with the Devils organization as his schedule allows. He scored 246 points (49 goals and 197 assists) in 923 regular-season games for New Jersey and scored 9 points (3 goals and 6 assists) in 50 playoff games. He was named captain of the Devils before his 2015-16 season began and he played 14 seasons before being traded to the Islanders on February 16, 2020. Los Angeles Kings lost 6 games in a row. He recorded one assist and averaged 22:02 ice time in 24 playoff games.

“Andy has been the foundation of New Jersey for 14 years and has grown into an extraordinary leader, which meant he was the devil.” It was only natural for me to announce his retirement from the National Hockey League as a member of the Devils and thank him for all he has done” and off the ice for the organization.

“He’s staying in New Jersey, so I know he’ll be around the Prudential Center on his schedule, but now he can spend time with his wife, Rachel, and sons, Colton and Maddox. .”

Green became the 20th U.S.-born defenseman to play 1,000 NHL games on November 15, 2021, when the Islanders lost 4–1 at the Tampa Bay Lightning. He made his NHL debut on January 12, 2007 at his home against the Atlanta Thrashers, scoring his 2–1 victory in 10:29.

“I just remember that nervous feeling, that nervous energy,” Green said on the morning of Milestone Games. I remember, when I stepped onto the ice, the puck came out at the blue line, and I was like, ‘Oh my God,’ ‘There’s a big chance here. I threw a small lister and it hit the goalkeeper in the chest.”

Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Brian Compton contributed to this report.

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