Former Boston Bruins forward Marco Sturm, who hasn’t played in an NHL game in nearly two years, has officially hung up his skates.
Sturm announced his retirement via German news outlet Eishockey News, capping off a 15-year NHL career that made its way through San Jose, Boston, Washington, Los Angeles, Vancouver and most recently Florida.
Marco Sturm has retired after 18 pro seasons. Told German "Eishockey News" his battery is empty.—
Matias Strozyk (@MaStrozyk) January 27, 2014
Sturm spent the first seven years of his career in the Bay Area after being selected in the first round of the 1996 NHL entry draft by the San Jose Sharks. The forward was part of a 2005 blockbuster trade that sent Joe Thornton to San Jose, while Sturm went to the Bruins with Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart. Sturm scored 20-plus goals four times with the Bruins but struggled with significant knee injuries that derailed his career.
Sturm shuffled around the NHL during the last two years of his career and most recently had a stint with Cologne of the German league in 2013. He retires as the highest-scoring German player in NHL history, tallying 242 goals and 487 points.