Zack Kassian Announces Retirement

On October 26th, 2023, Zack Kassian announced his retirement from the NHL after 12 seasons as he would spend time with the Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, Arizona Coyotes, and Edmonton Oilers where he would play in 613 NHL games putting up 92 goals and 111 assists for 203 points along with 913 PIMS. The 32-year-old forward would add six goals and three assists in 45 career Stanley Cup Games. The former 13th-overall pick wasn’t a guy who saw top-line minutes but would be a bottom-six guy who wasn’t afraid to throw his body around when he was out on the ice. Kassian was bought out of the final year of his four year deal with the Coyotes after apearing in only two games last season.

“To play in the NHL is one thing, but to make a 12-year career of it is pretty special,” said Zack Kassian. “From coaches to equipment staff and fellow players I’ve met along the way, I’ve made so many relationships that are going to last a lifetime.”


Prior to joining the NHL, Kassian played in the OHL where he spent two seasons with the Winsdor Spitfires before spending two seasons with the peterbourugh Petes as he was an OHL All-Star in 2009 and would go on to win the Memorial Cup with the Petes the following year. He had 71 goals and 121 assists for 192 points in 213 games.

Armand Klisivitch

Inside The Rink ECHL Manager | Senior Editor Credentialed Reporter for the Adirondack Thunder & Worcester Railers.

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