Former NHL center Tyler Ennis retires at age 34

Tyler Ennis (Michael Miller, Wikimedia Commons)

According to TSN on Wednesday, former National Hockey League center Tyler Ennis of Edmonton, Alberta retired from professional hockey at the age of 34. Ennis played 13 seasons in the NHL from 2009 to 2022. He played for the Buffalo Sabres from 2009 to 2017, the Minnesota Wild from 2017 to 2018, the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2018 to 2019, the Ottawa Senators from 2019 to 2020, and again from 2021 to 2022, and the Edmonton Oilers from 2020 to 2021.

Most recently, Ennis was playing for the Mannheim Eagles in Germany. However he suffered a neck injury in November, and has decided to step away from the game.

Ennis played 700 NHL regular season games. He had 144 goals and 202 assists for 346 points. He was a -84 with 224 penalty minutes, 97 power-play points, one shorthanded point, 13 game-winning goals, 1446 shots on goal, 669 faceoff wins, 297 blocked shots, 658 hits, 287 takeaways, and 231 giveaways. Ennis’s shorthanded point was a shorthanded goal, and came on October 11, 2014 in a 6-2 Sabres loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Ennis also scored four goals and had eight assists for 12 points in 24 postseason games. He was a +5 with 10 penalty minutes, one game-winning goal, 50 shots on goal, two faceoff wins, seven blocked shots, 31 hits, 19 takeaways, and eight giveaways. Ennis’s most memorable postseason goal came on April 2, 2011. He scored the overtime winner from Steve Montador of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Mike Weber in game five of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, a 4-3 Sabres win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Ennis also had two hat tricks in his career. The first came in a 6-2 Maple Leafs win over the Calgary Flames on March 4, 2019, and the second came in a 5-0 Senators win over the Buffalo Sabres on January 25, 2022.


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