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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