(HockeySTL)-- After 14 National Hockey League seasons, forward Jamal Mayers has decided to end his hockey career. Mayers officially announced his retirement on Friday morning.
“It really has been an amazing experience to have had the chance to play 14 seasons in the NHL, and finish it all off last season as a part of the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup,” said Mayers in a release. “Thank you to my mother Doreen, who gave me every opportunity to play this game while doing a remarkable job as a single parent of two in Toronto, my brother Allan for everything he did and gave up for me, and my stepdad Alan Crosswell. I would also like to thank my teammates, friends and fans, as well as Larry Pleau, Pat Brisson, Jim Nice and each of the five organizations I was fortunate enough to play for in my career. Certainly, those who sacrificed the most for my career were my wife and kids, and I can’t express enough how much their love and support has meant to me.”
Mayers, 39, was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 1993. His NHL career officially began during the 1996-97 season with the Blues. In all, he spent 10 of his 14 seasons with St. Louis, accumulating 158 points in 590 games with the Blues between 1996 and 2008. The durable Mayers had six seasons with St. Louis in which he played 77 or more games.
During his 2005-06 season with the Blues, Mayers scored a career-high 15 goals. Mayers’ highest career point total came in the 2007-08 season, which was his final year with the Blues.
In 2008, the forward joined the Toronto Maple Leafs. In a span of six seasons, Mayers played for Toronto, Calgary, San Jose, and Chicago. Over the course of his career, Mayers had 219 points (90 goals, 129 assists) in 915 games. Those numbers were split between five teams. Mayers had his best seasons statistically as a Blue, but his most memorable season was his final NHL year with Chicago.
Mayers spent his last two seasons with the Blackhawks and won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2013, which was the last year in which he would suit up. That wasn’t Mayers’ only playoff experience. He also helped two teams reach the Western Conference finals (Blues and Sharks) during the course of his career.
Mayers was an active member of the NHLPA. He attended meetings with the players in New York during last year’s lockout, and was highly regarded around the League. After winning the Stanley Cup last season, Mayers decided to end his career.
Mayers is still involved in the sport he has played for most of his life. He currently resides in St. Louis and has been a familiar face on the Fox Sports Midwest Blues broadcasts throughout this year’s season. He is also co-hosting a radio show in his free time.