Arguably the greatest defenseman in Sharks history, Dan Boyle is expected to announce his retirement from the NHL in a press conference on Wednesday at SAP Center.
Boyle played 1093 career games in the NHL, the majority of which came with San Jose. In 431 games with the Sharks in six seasons from 2008-14, Boyle posted 68 goals and 201 assists for 269 points. He is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer among defensemen.
Boyle began his career in Florida as an undrafted free agent, and spent his first three-and-a-half seasons with the Panthers. He was traded to Tampa Bay midway through the 2002-03 season, and spent parts of six seasons with the Lightning, winning a Stanley Cup there in 2004.
Boyle was the centerpiece of an offseason trade to San Jose in 2008, and he helped the Sharks to back-to-back Western Conference Final appearances in 2010 and 2011. He made his only two NHL All-Star appearances while with San Jose in 2009 and 2011, and was a part of Canada’s gold medal-winning Olympic team in 2010.
The Ottawa native spent the past two seasons in New York, after the Sharks did not offer him a contract following the 2013-14 season.