Mathieu Garon announced his retirement Friday. The 36-year-old goaltender played 13 seasons with Montreal, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Tampa Bay.
"For the past 13 years, I have been fortunate to earn my living playing hockey in the National Hockey League," Garon said in a statement released by CAA, his representation. "I wanted to take this opportunity to thank my teammates, coaches and, most importantly, the fans. Every city I played in, the fans always welcomed my family and me with open arms. I will cherish the memories and friendships I made during my career. Finally, I want to say a special thank you to my family, who have been incredibly supportive of me throughout my career. Without them, I wouldn't have been able to live my dream."
Garon, who played in Omsk of the KHL this season, was a second-round pick, 44th overall, by the Canadiens in the 1996 NHL draft. He went 144-131-3-28 over 341 NHL games. He also played for Canada's world junior team in 1998.