By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Former Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has officially called it a career.
Confirming the news to Boston-based German sports reporter Heiko Oldoerp (note: an earlier version of the story credited the story to the incorrect outlet), the 38-year-old Seidenberg, who last played competitively at the 2018 Worlds, cited the physical toll hockey has taken on his body after 15 NHL seasons between six different organizations.
Acquired from the Panthers during the 2010 trade deadline, Seidenberg would appear in 17 games for the B’s before an injury ended his season (and knocked him out of the entirety of Boston’s 13-game playoff run). But Seidenberg would emerge as a vital piece of the B’s defense in 2010-11, setting a career-best in points (32) as the team’s No. 2 defenseman.
And it was in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs that Seidenberg became a household name in New England, with a playoff-high 690:49 of time on ice during Boston’s 25-game run to a Stanley Cup championship, along with a goal, 10 assists, and plus-12. One of Boston’s most underrated pieces throughout that run, Seidenberg was a d-zone beast, and often set the tone with either board-rattling hits or a selfless approach to shot-blocking and net-front coverage that saved the B’s from trouble.
Seidenberg would play six and a half seasons in Boston in total, totaling 23 goals and 117 points in his 401 games with the Bruins, before the team bought him out at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season. The buyout came with the Bruins believing that Seidenberg, who suffered a torn ACL during the 2013-14 season, was trending the wrong way and was all but done.
But Seidenberg would go on to extend his career another two years after a strong showing for Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and skated in 101 games with the New York Islanders from 2016 through 2018.
With Seidenberg’s retirement official, just eight members of the Black and Gold’s 2011 Stanley Cup roster are currently active in the NHL; Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, and Tuukka Rask are still with the Bruins, while Johnny Boychuk skates with the Islanders, Milan Lucic currently plays for the Flames, and Tyler Seguin resides in Dallas. Defenseman Adam McQuaid, while not officially retired, is currently unsigned amid battles with concussion issues.