Daniel Briere, a veteran center and notable Capitals nemesis, is retiring after a career of 17 NHL seasons. The announcement was released by the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, the team in which he played for the longest.
Briere, 37, was drafted in 1996. Over the course of his career, he played for Arizona, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Montreal and Colorado.
“After taking a few weeks to think about it, it’s time to hang them up and spend a little more time at home with the family," Briere said in a statement. “I’ve been very, very fortunate to have a chance to play with some great organizations, but at this point the family becomes a priority."
Breire is best known in Washington for his rivalry with Alex Ovechkin and the Caps. On Dec. 2, 2006, Ovechkin hit Briere from behind and sent him tumbling head-first into the boards. Ovechkin was fined $1,000 for the hit.
Later that month, Briere exacted a measure of revenge by spearing Ovechkin where the sun don't shine. He has been persona non grata in Washington ever since.
In 2008, the Caps reached the playoffs for the first time since 2003 and met Briere and the Flyers in the first round. Briere had six goals and five assists in seven games including an assist on the series-clinching overtime goal in Game 7 to end the Caps' season.
Briere was always a prolific playoff producer with 116 points in 124 playoff games. He also finished with 696 points in 973 regular-season games.
With his retirement, Briere won't be around to mess with the Caps anymore...unless he goes into coaching.