Ryan Callahan has officially retired
Former Ranger Ryan Callahan has officially retired from the NHL. In an announcement on Twitter, he thanked the Rangers for giving him a chance. He also specifically mentioned how great it was to wear the ‘C’ for the Rangers.
Callahan played 450 games for the Rangers over eight seasons, putting up a line of 132-122-254. His best season was 2011-2012, when the Rangers surprised the NHL by winning the Atlantic Division and going to the Eastern Conference Final. Cally put up 29-25-54 in 76 games that season. That was third on the team behind Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.
Callahan was the face of the Black and Blueshirts era, a team that played hard-nosed, blue collar hockey. The teams had some skill too, but they were notorious for hitting, blocking shots, and grinding their way to wins. He was named captain of the Rangers prior to that 2011-2012 season, the first homegrown captain since Brian Leetch.
Callahan (and a 1st round pick) was eventually traded to Tampa Bay at the 2014 trade deadline for Martin St. Louis. It was a rare exchange of captains that was caused by the Rangers being unwilling to include a no-move clause in Callahan’s next contract.
With Ryan Callahan officially retired, only a handful of Black and Blueshirts remain in the NHL.