The 37-year-old inked a one-day deal with the Dallas Stars so that he could retire with the team that brought him to the dance. Dallas drafted him 25th overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and he spent 13 seasons in Texas, serving as captain from 2006 to 2013. He was the second-longest tenured captain in franchise history.
“Brenden exemplified what a captain should be,” said Stars president Jim Lites. “He left an indelible mark on this franchise, leading with heart and passion. There wasn’t a night where he didn’t give every ounce of energy he had, and we deeply appreciate all of his contributions to the game.”
Morrow made his NHL debut in 1999, when he was called up to the club in November to play his first game against the Philadelphia Flyers. He split time between the Stars and the IHL’s Michigan K-Wings. He spent his entire junior career with the Portland Winterhawks.
Following his rookie season with the Stars, Morrow played in at least 70 games a season until the 2006-2007 season. His time in Dallas came to an end in March of 2013 when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Joe Morrow and a draft pick.
In 991 career games with the Stars, Penguins, St. Louis Blues, and Tampa Bay Lightning, Morrow scored 265 goals and added 310 assists. His best season came in Dallas in 2007-2008 when he piled up 74 points in 82 games, including 32 goals. He had a dozen goals on the power play that season and added two short-handed markers.
Morrow had 118 career playoff games and also scooped a gold medal with Team Canada in 2010 at the Olympics.
“The game of hockey has given me so many opportunities in my life,” said Morrow on Thursday. “Winning a gold medal for Canada at the Olympic Games and appearing in two Stanley Cup final series are things that I only dreamed of growing up. Being able to put on an NHL sweater was something that I never took for granted, and it’s with a full heart that my family and I have decided that it’s time for me to officially retire from the National Hockey League.”