Goalie Martin Biron, a favorite among fans, media and teammates, said good bye to his 16-season N.H.L. career on Sunday. He announced his retirement less than a week after being waived by the Rangers and assigned to the minor leagues.
“After thinking about it with my family, I’ve decided to retire as a player and move on to a new chapter,” Biron, 36, wrote on Twitter. “Thank you all for your support.”
Biron played for four NHL teams, starting with the Buffalo Sabres, who had made him their first-round draft choice in 1995. He spent eight seasons with the Sabres, three with the Philadelphia Flyers and one with the Islanders before signing with the Rangers for the 2010-11 season to serve as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup.
He played in 508 games, recorded 20 or more victories in five seasons, two of them 30-win seasons, and finished his career with a .910 save percentage.