Hockey

Muller retires after 19 NHL seasons

Kirk Muller has decided to end his playing career rather than trying to find work in a new NHL city.

Kirk Muller has decided to settle down.

Saying he wanted to spare his family from yet another move, Muller has decided to end his playing career rather than trying to find work in a new NHL city.

"I've just enrolled the kids back in school and I guess what I'd like to do is relax a little bit (in Kingston) before I jump in with two feet at something," explained Muller, who became an unrestricted free agent earlier this summer when his contact with the Dallas Stars expired.

A gritty two-way forward, Muller played 19 solid seasons in the NHL. The 37-year-old leaves the game with 357 goals, 602 assists and 1,223 penalty minutes in 1,349 career regular-season games.

Muller also played in 127 post-season games, registering 33 goals and 36 assists.

A six-time all-star, Muller was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils second overall behind Mario Lemieux in the 1984 NHL entry draft..

The Devils traded Muller to the Montreal Canadiens in 1991. Two years later, Muller was instrumental in the Habs' Stanley Cup championship.

In 1995, he joined his friend and fellow Kingston native Doug Gilmour in Toronto.  

"For me, coming from Kingston, just watching him grow up and play you could see how good he was," said Gilmour. "We became good friends, and I had the opportunity to play with him in Toronto.

"To play 19 years in this league, that's a great career."

A 30-goal scorer five times, Muller also played for the New York Islanders and Florida Panthers.

As for the future, Muller hasn't ruled out a return to hockey in some capacity.

"I know I want to get back into hockey whether it's doing TV or coaching or helping young players. There's so many different things I haven't had a chance to try. I think when the time's right I'd like to get back into it and stay involved with the game."