Former Penguins forward Lee Stempniak retires
Former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Lee Stempniak announced his retirement after a 14-year career in the NHL. His retirement was announced by the NHLPA on Tuesday.
Stempniak, 36, played 21 games for the Penguins late in the 2013-14 season after being acquired at the 2014 trade deadline. Primarily skating on a line with captain Sidney Crosby, Stempniak scored 11 points (four goals, seven assists) during his brief Penguins tenure. In the 2014 postseason, he played 13 games and scored three points (two goals, one assist).
Pittsburgh was one of many stops for Stempniak during a nomadic NHL career. He also played for the St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames, New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes.
“After living in 10 cities, I am looking forward to spending time with my family, settling in Boston and being a father,” Stempniak said in a statement issued by the NHLPA.
In 911 career regular season games, Stempniak, a native of West Seneca, N.Y., scored 469 points (203 points, 266 assists).
Seth Rorabaugh is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Seth by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .