After 14 seasons with the Devils, Penguins and Sharks, defenseman Paul Martin has called it a career.
Martin announced his retirement from the NHL in an article published by The Athletic on Wednesday.
Congrats on a great career, Paul Martin!— x - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) November 15, 2018
We wish you all the best in your retirement. pic.twitter.com/UlbmOWPKsC
The 37-year-old spent the last three seasons in San Jose and was released on June 22.
In three seasons with the Sharks, Martin finished with seven goals and 41 assists.
Martin was defense partners with Brent Burns when the latter won the Norris Trophy during the 2016-17 season.
As you might imagine, Burns had nice things to say about Martin in The Athletic's piece.
“The most special thing about that guy is it didn’t matter how many times you asked him how he was or what was he doing or what was going on, he always just cared about you," Burns told The Athletic's Michael Russo. "We always joked, we know his name, but we know nothing else ’cause he’s always asking if we’re all right, how our kids are doing, how life is. He just cared that much and he really put the ‘Nice’ in the Minnesota Nice. It’s like this guy just exemplifies that. I mean, just look what he’s doing for kids in Minnesota. That says everything you want to know about him. It’s just so genuine of him. I’m not kidding you, he’s the most genuine human being I’ve ever met."