NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Less than a week after being placed on waivers, 36-year old goaltender, Martin Biron has announced his retirement.
Biron started this season with the Rangers but was demoted to the AHL. He spent the past three-plus seasons at the backup to Henrik Lundqvist.
Biron made it official via Twitter earlier today.
After thinking about it it with my family, I’ve decided to retire as a player and move on to a new chapter. Thank you all for your support.
— Martin Biron (@martybiron43) October 20, 2013
Biron is ending a 16-year National Hockey League career, which included five 20-win seasons (2001-02, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2008-09), two 30-win seasons (2001-02, 2007-08), and a trip to the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Biron, 36, is one of only five players in NHL history to play for all three New York state teams. The others include Rangers forward Taylor Pyatt, as well as Pat LaFontaine, Mike Donnelly, and Jason Dawe.
He leaves the game ranked 59th on the NHL’s all-time games played list among goaltenders with 508 career appearances, tied for 56th all-time in wins with 230 career victories, and tied for 55th all-time with 28 career shutouts.
Biron is one of only 12 goalies in NHL history with a career save percentage of .910 or better while appearing in at least 500 games.
The Lac St. Charles, Quebec native began his career in Buffalo, where he was originally selected as a first round choice, 16th overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Biron made his NHL debut as an 18-year old on December 26, 1995, at Pittsburgh, during a three-game stint with the Sabres.
He earned his first career victory on March 5, 1999, with a 26-save effort in a 2-1 win against Dallas, and posted his first career shutout with an 18-save performance on November 19, 1999, in a 4-0 win at Atlanta.
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