According to a report from the Associated Press, former National Hockey League enforcer Matt Carkner has decided to call it a career.
The 35 year old veteran spent the final two seasons of his career in the American Hockey League playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, making significantly less to put himself at risk than he was in the NHL, and it sounds like he's had enough.
Carkner will be best remembered for his time as a member of the Ottawa Senators and later the New York Islanders, he ends his NHL career with 237 games played, recording 3 goals, and 24 assists for 27 points over that stretch. His 556 career penalty minutes speak to exactly what kind of contributions Carkner was relied upon to make during his career.
We wish him all the best in his future endeavors, and here's a look a classic back and forth fight between Carkner and Trevor Gillies.