12 Season Veteran Calls It A Career Because Of Injuries

Published September 20, 2023 at 10:21 PM

Veteran of 12 NHL seasons Paul Byron is calling time on his NHL career. The 34 year old was battling nagging hip injury the last few seasons, having to cortisone injections at times to try and get through the pain.

Byron would eventually have left hip surgery which caused him to miss half of the 2021-22 season. His play continued to decline during the 2021-22 season which saw Byron only appear in 27 games scoring 4 goals and 7 points.

The Ottawa native missed the entire 2022-23 season due to his hip issues. This was the final year of his four year deal with a cap hit of $3.4M

"To the Montreal Canadiens organization, Marc Bergevin, the Molson family, coaches, trainers, all the staff, I can't thank you enough for everything over the last 8 years. Getting claimed on waivers changed my life and career. I'll forever be grateful for that. Eight years in one place is a long time in the hockey world, and the rink was a second home. I can't help but feel so incredibly proud and lucky to have been given the opportunity to wear the Canadiens jersey. Our run in 2021 was a truly magical experience, and even though we just fell short, it's something that I know no one will ever forget."

"Thank you to all the great Canadiens fans for your unwavering support and passion for the team. Your energy and pride are felt not only at the Bell Centre but in many road cities as well. You make playing for the Montreal Canadiens a truly special experience." Part of Byron's letter to the fans said."

Byron will remain with the organization as a Player Development consultant. He will be with the players during on-ice sessions and oversee their progression off the ice, the Canadiens say.

"On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to congratulate Paul on his long career as a professional hockey player, said Owner, President and CEO of the Canadiens, Geoff Molson. A major contributor both on and off the ice, Paul epitomizes what it means to be a Montreal Canadien. Through his leadership, his kindness and his presence in the community, Paul has left his mark during his seven seasons in Montreal, and we're very happy to have him join the player development department. His experience, communication and approach will benefit both our players and prospects."

Bryon finishes his career with 98 goals and 208 point sin 521 games played with the Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames and Buffalo Sabres.
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12 Season Veteran Calls It A Career Because Of Injuries

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