Johnny Boychuk, 36, retired on Wednesday after 13 bruising seasons in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins, and New York Islanders. Boychuk decided to hang up his skates after being cut on his right eyelid by Artturi Lehkonen in March. Boychuk only played three more games – all during the 2020 playoffs. His final game was Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final when the Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the Islanders from the postseason.
“I don’t even think it was a decision. When you play with it and realize there’s something wrong, and then you go and get tests, it really wasn’t a decision; it was a life choice, I guess,” Boychuk said according to ESPN. “If I was to go and play again and not able to see somebody coming and get hit, I could be a lot worse than what I was.”