Briere retires — ‘it’s time to hang them up’

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After 973 regular-season games, plus 124 more in the playoffs, Daniel Briere has retired.

“After taking a few weeks to think about it, it’s time to hang them up and spend a little more time at home with the family,” Briere said in a release, via the Flyers. “I’ve been very, very fortunate to have had a chance to play with some great organizations, but at this point the family becomes a priority. The Flyers are where I played the bulk of my career. I’ve had a great time in Philadelphia and have been very, very fortunate to have the chance to play here. I would like to thank Mr. Snider, Paul Holmgren and Peter Luukko along with the coaches, staff, the fans and all my teammates. It’s been a great ride in an area that I still call home.”

Briere, 37, never won a Stanley Cup, but he did become famous for his postseason production. He finished with 116 playoff points, a total bolstered by a couple of deep runs with the Buffalo Sabres and one trip to the Cup final with the Flyers in 2010, during which he had 30 points in 23 games.

Briere also announced his retirement in the French-language newspaper Le Droit, citing a wish to become more involved in the lives of his three teenage boys.

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