Undrafted NHL enforcer Eric Godard has announced his retirement from the NHL at the age of 32.

Godard made his NHL debut with the Islanders on October 17, 2002 against the Philadelphia Flyers. In his next game on December 6, Godard recorded his first career fight against Tie Domi of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Godard played only occasionally for the rest of season, bouncing back and fourth between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL and the Islanders.

In the 2005-06 NHL season Godard set career highs in games with 57 and also reached 100 penalty minutes for the first time (finishing with 115). Godard also scored his first career goal and finished the year with four points. On January 3, 2006 Godard was suspended for punching Carolina Hurricanes forward, Justin Williams In the offseason he signed with the Calgary Flames as a free agent on August 10, 2006.

On July 12, 2011, he signed a two year contract with the Dallas Stars and played the 2011-12 season with the AHL’s Texas Stars. First year of his contract was two-way and the second – one-way. Godard did not play a game in the NHL in the 2011-2012 season and with him slated to earn $700,000 this season regardless of where he played, the Stars  bought out his contract in June 2012.

In 335 career NHL games, Godard only totaled 18 points and 833 games for the Stars, Flames, Islanders and Penguins.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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