Travis Moen Announces Retirement

USATSI_9296664_154158418_lowresAfter 12 seasons in the NHL, forward Travis Moen has announced his retirement. The NHLPA made the announcement on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old spent bits and pieces of the last two seasons with the Dallas Stars and saw a steady decline in ice time, appearing in just 23 games last season and putting up just two assists.

“First off, I would like to thank my former teammates for all their support on and off the ice,” Moen said. “I have made many great friendships and incredible memories. I want to thank all the coaching staffs for believing in me and helping me to achieve my dream. I also want to tell all the training staffs how much I appreciate each of them and thank them all for keeping me healthy. My family and I feel truly honored to have lived and played for some amazing organizations.”

In 747 career regular season games with the Stars, Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, and Chicago Blackhawks, Moen has 136 points.

His best season came with the Ducks in 2006-2007, when he put up 21 points – including 11 goals. That marked the only time in his career he reached double-digit goals.

In 2009-2010, he put up 19 points with the Canadiens and scored two short-handed goals.

Moen also won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007, where he put up seven goals and five helpers in 21 playoff games. Without a doubt, that period marked the most stellar run of his career and set an offensive bar that he never met again.

Moen was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2000, but he never played a single game with the club. He remained a member of the WHL Kelowna Rockets during that period and was signed by the Blackhawks as a free agent, making his NHL in the 2003-2004 season after a stint in the AHL with Norfolk.

“I want to thank the staffs and fans of the Chicago, Anaheim, San Jose, Montreal and Dallas organizations,” he said. “With all the great memories, one of the best will be winning the Stanley Cup in Anaheim with the Ducks. It is the highlight of my career and nothing beats that feeling of accomplishing your childhood dream. Lastly, I would like to thank my family for all their love, support and sacrifice through my entire career. I will truly miss everything about the game of hockey.”

In the end, injuries probably hastened his retirement. Moen had a broken wrist and lower body injuries last season and that diminished his capacity.

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