Philippe Boucher got to hoist the Stanley Cup in his final NHL season. ((Harry How/Getty Images))

Veteran defenceman Philippe Boucher retired from the NHL on Thursday, going out on top after getting to hoist the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in June.

Boucher, 36, ends a career that began with the Buffalo Sabres in 1993.

"I have always admired athletes that have retired as champions and I am humbled to have the chance to count myself among them," Boucher said in a released statement.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my teammates, my coaches and the organizations I played with over the years. I am going to miss being with the boys."

The St. Apollinaire, Que., native scored 94 goals and 206 assists in 748 regular-season games with Buffalo, Los Angeles, Dallas and Pittsburgh, and racked up 702 penalty minutes.

He added four goals and 10 assists in 64 playoff games, appearing in nine contests for the Penguins during their Stanley Cup run.

Boucher's peak years came with the Stars. He had 135 points in four seasons beginning in 2002-03.

He was named to his first NHL all-star game in 2007 in Dallas, a bittersweet honour as it came while his father was dying of cancer.

Boucher was selected 13th overall in the 1991 NHL entry draft while playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.