Sep 25, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT
After just a short time in Russia, Eric Belanger is retiring from professional hockey.
Belanger, 35, is calling it quits after just a handful of games with Avtomobilist of the KHL. The veteran NHL center was unable to find work in North America this fall after spending last season with Edmonton, and decided to make the jump — but felt “homesick,” according to RDS’ Francois Gagnon, and decided to retire after just seven games.
A faceoff specialist, Belanger appeared in over 800 NHL contests from 2000-12 with the Kings, Hurricanes, Thrashers, Wild, Capitals, Coyotes and Oilers.
His best season came in Phoenix during the 2010-11 campaign, when he scored a career-high 40 points in 82 games.
- Lightning sign Brenden Morrow for one year 23
- Jackets sign Dubinsky through 2020-21 38
- AHL’s new overtime rules include 3-on-3 play 27
- Report: Avs, O’Reilly likely headed to arbitration 64
- Armstrong lays out what Blues offered KHL-bound Sobotka 15
- Blues re-sign Ott; Sobotka to KHL? 35
- Devils ink Schneider to reported seven-year, $42 million deal 62
- Big money: Toews, Kane sign eight-year, $84 million extensions 170
- Jets can’t let Kane situation fester much longer 57
- Report: Sidney Crosby will undergo wrist surgery 59
- Big money: Toews, Kane sign eight-year, $84 million extensions (170)
- Pros and cons of Subban filing for arbitration (67)
- Report: Avs, O’Reilly likely headed to arbitration (64)
- Boyle wanted Big Apple after playing in ‘nontraditional hockey markets’ of Florida, California (63)
- Devils ink Schneider to reported seven-year, $42 million deal (62)