Todd Marchant retiring after 18 years

The Anaheim Ducks announced Wednesday that veteran Todd Marchant is retiring after 18 years in the league, but he's not leaving the organization for good. That's because Marchant is set to join the team's front office as director of player development.

"I'd like to personally thank Todd for his invaluable contributions to this organization over the last six years," Ducks executive vice president/general manager Bob Murray said in a statement released by the team. "His character and presence in our locker room will be missed, but we're extremely grateful that he has agreed to join the front office as Director of Player Development. Congratulations to Todd and his family on a wonderful career."

The 37-year-old Marchant, who spent his last six seasons in Anaheim after being claimed off waivers in Nov. 2005, helped the Ducks defeat the Ottawa Senators in the 2007 Stanley Cup finals. He racked up 38 goals and 74 assists in 421 games with Anaheim.

Marchant, whose career also includes stops with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, retires with 186 goals and 312 assists in 1,195 games.

"I want to thank the Rangers, Oilers, Blue Jackets and Ducks organizations, my teammates, the fans, and most importantly, my family, for their great support over the years," Marchant said in the statement.

"I've had an unbelievable experience playing in the National Hockey League, and it's simply time to move on. I'm excited to stay with the Ducks organization in my new role and look forward to my post-playing career. Staying with the Ducks will provide my family the opportunity to continue living in a great community, one in which we plan to remain actively involved."