Savage announces retirement after 12-year career

TORONTO -- Brian Savage retired from the NHL on Thursday after a 12-year career that included stops in Montreal, Phoenix, St. Louis and Philadelphia.

Savage, 35, appeared in 647 regular-season games, recording 192 goals and 167 assists for 359 points. The winger played at Miami of Ohio and was selected by the Canadiens in the eighth round of the 1991 draft as the 171st overall pick.

He won a silver medal at the 1994 Olympics as part of Team Canada. He also played for Canada at the 1993 and 1999 World Hockey Championships and helped Team Canada win the 1992 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland. He had his best NHL season in 1996-97, when he had 60 points on 23 goals and 37 assists in 81 games for Montreal.

"When I came into the league I joined a line with Brian and Mark Recchi and we had a lot of success together," said the Canadiens' Saku Koivu, Savage's teammate in Montreal for seven seasons. "Brian was always very easy for me to find on the ice and being a good goal scorer he really knew where to be positioned."

Last season, Savage had nine goals and five assists in helping the Flyers reach the postseason.

"I was very fortunate to be able to play 12 years in the NHL with some great players," Savage said. "Having the chance to represent my country four times is something that I will not forget and the highlight of my career was playing in the 1994 Winter Olympic Games."

Savage was active in the community throughout his career. In June, the 10th annual Brian Savage Charity Golf Classic raised more than $450,000 to help underprivileged children through the Ten Rainbows Children's Foundation in Sudbury, Ontario.

Savage plans to continue to live in Sudbury and Scottsdale, Ariz.