Bruins' Kevan Miller announces his retirement

Forced to step away from the game at just 33 years old.


This just in, veteran Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller has announced his retirement from the NHL at just 33 years old.

The pending unrestricted free agent made the announcement on social media, posting an official retirement letter on Instagram.

Check it  out:

I fell in love with this game at 5 years old, I knew then that all I wanted to be was a hockey player. 28 years later, I have the same love and joy for the sport as I did then. Hockey has given me so much and I am grateful for every bit of it. The ups and downs, the relationships forged and the opportunity to make a living out of something I love so much, the list goes on and on. Although my spirit for the game is there, unfortunately my body isn’t. My overall health and my family are now the priority. This was not an easy decision to make but it’s time to hang up my skates.
There are so many people that have had a profound impact on my. Career, there is no way I would have realized this dream of mine without all of the support. I want to start by thanking the Bruins organization, The Jacobs family, Cam Neely, Don Sweeney, Peter Chiarelli. It’s hard to put into words what it means to wear the spoked B, it was an honor to put that jersey on each night.
No one gets to where they agree without help and that’s certainly the case for me. I’ve been extremely fortunate to play for some great coaches and mentors that a have molded and shaped me as a player and person. On top of that a I’ve had some people step up in a big way to train me on and off the ice, to rehab me after injuries and pick me up when things weren’t going my way. Thank you to each and every one of you.
I called New England home for almost 18 years. My kids were born in Boston, it’s where my wife and I started our family. From Berkshire to UVM to Providence to Boston, the relationships with so many that a have been on this journey meant the world to me. People say it a lot,  there’s nothing like playing for a New England team, that statement couldn’t be more true. As players it’s hard to voice our appreciation for all of the support but here’s my best shot. THANK YOU, we love you guys.
I’ve had the opportunity to play with some of the best players in the world, it’s been an honor and something I’ll forever cherish. That aside I think I’ve taken for granted how lucky I am to come across a group of guys, from college to pro, that have been like brothers to me. I will miss the small things. The pregame rituals, the group chaats, post practice shenanigans, thank you to all of my team-mates past and present.
I’ll keep the family stuff personal but I wouldn’t be here without you all, I love you guys.
Forever a Bruin.

The Los Angeles, California native finishes his pro career with 13 goals and 71 points in 352 career NHL regular season games, all with the Bruins.