Virginia Native, Former UMD Standout Matt Niskanen Retires After 13 Season in the NHL

Two years ago, he helped the Washington Capitals win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Since being drafted to the NHL in 2005, Matt Niskanen has made a name for himself as a physical, two-way defender. But after 13 years of slamming opponents into the boards, the Virginia native is ready to call it a career.

According to multiple sources, Niskanen has informed the Philadelphia Flyers and his teammates that he retiring from the NHL. The 33-year-old had one more year left on his contact. This past season, Niskanen played in 68 games and finished with 33 points, the fourth-highest total in his career.

Two years ago, he helped the Washington Capitals win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, which he got to bring home for a day at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia. He would finish his NHL career with 356 points in 949 career games, making stops in Dallas, Pittsburgh, Washington and Philadelphia.

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