New Jersey Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador, who spent the past three seasons as the team’s captain, announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League. Salvador will remain with the organization to focus on growing the sport in collaboration with the team’s rink partners throughout New Jersey.
“Bryce Salvador is a first-class individual who exemplified leadership both on and off the ice,” said Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero. “His selection as captain the past three seasons was most appropriate, as he was well-respected by his teammates. On behalf of the entire organization, I wish Bryce and his family well, and look forward to working with him in his new role.”
Salvador, 39, played 14 National Hockey League seasons, including the last eight as a member of the New Jersey Devils. An injury limited his playing time to just 15 games in 2014-15, which saw him record two assists and 20 penalty minutes. The 6-3, 215-lb. blueliner had career totals of 24g-86a-110pts and 696 penalty minutes in 786 career games with St. Louis and New Jersey. He was acquired by the Devils on February 26, 2008 after playing nine-plus seasons with the Blues’ organization. He had 8g-39a-47pts and 283 PIM in 339 games in a Devils’ sweater. Salvador helped lead New Jersey to the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, and finished second among the league’s defensemen with a career-high 4g-10a-14pts while appearing in all 24 post-season games. He added 7g-11a-18pts and 64 PIM in 74 career playoff contests.
Born February 11, 1976 in Brandon, Man., Salvador was signed as a free agent by St. Louis on December 16, 1996. He made his NHL debut October 5, 2000 at Phoenix after three seasons with Worcester (AHL). Salvador was Tampa Bay’s sixth choice, and the 138th overall selection in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He played five seasons of junior hockey with Lethbridge (WHL). Bryce and his wife, April, have two sons, Pierson and Hudson.