Mathieu Darche has officially decided to hang his skates up.
In an announcement on his twitter account, Darche literally posted a picture of his skates hanging up as he announced his retirement from playing in the NHL.
Darche began his career in 2000 as an undrafted free agent when he split time with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League and the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL. He bounced between the Blue Jackets and Crunch over the next few years before joining the Nashville Predators organization in 2003-04.
Over the next few years, Darche would continue to split time between the AHL and NHL, making stops with the San Jose Sharks organization and Tampa Bay Lightning organization. In 2009-10 he joined the Montreal Canadiens and would spend his largest chunk of time with an NHL club, playing in 59 or more games per season with the team in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
Despite receiving a tryout with the New Jersey Devils this season, Darche was unable to make the club and had been waiting on contract offers.
In 250 career NHL games, Darche accumulated 30 goals, 42 assists, 72 points and 58 penalty minutes.