“Today, I would like to formally announce my retirement from the National Hockey League… I’ve been fortunate and blessed to have had the opportunity to do what I most love to do. All I wanted to do as a young boy was have the opportunity to play one game in the NHL. Over a thousand games later, this whole experience seems surreal. I want to thank all four organizations for the opportunity, my teammates and the fans for this amazing run that will cherish forever….”
And just like that, readers of Pucknology, it’s with great sadness that I write you, that one of the best Sharks of all time, has decided to call it a career. In a press conference held today at SAP Center, surrounded by close friends, family, former teammates, and local media, Dan Boyle officially retired from the game of hockey. But more importantly, he retired a Shark (in this writer’s humble opinion, he should’ve finished his career in teal).
Boyle, 40, spent six of his 17 NHL seasons in the Bay Area, where he enjoyed some of the finest moments of his career. Undrafted out of Miami (OH) University, Boyle broke in with the Panthers during the ’98-99 campaign and went on to compile a very impressive career. He captured a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004, a gold medal in the 2010 Olympics, and played in a pair of All-Star Games, was named to two NHL second All-Star teams.
Acquired by the Sharks on July 4, 2008 from Tampa Bay, Boyle played in 431 games with San Jose – his longest tenured NHL stop – and scored 269 points (68 goals, 201 assists) and 104 power play goals. He remains the franchise’s leading point scorer amongst defenseman, first in assists and power play goals, second in goals and shots. He captured gold with Team Canada at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and helped the Sharks advance to two consecutive Western Conference finals. All told, he finished with 605 points in 1093 contests. Dan Boyle should be a Hall of Fame candidate in the near future.
I’m glad I got to witness his tenure in teal. Dan Boyle was, without a doubt, one of my favorite players to watch. I just hope he doesn’t have choice words for me like he did the New York media… Sorry to see you go, Boyle. But I’m glad you’re coming home to San Jose where you belong. This writer and big fan will forever be feelin 22.