Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Calvert retired Thursday after 10 NHL seasons due to a career-ending injury.

The 31-year-old skated in 566 games with the Avalanche (2018-21) and Columbus Blue Jackets (2010-18).

He was limited to 18 games in 2020-21 due to an unspecified injury that required surgery in the spring.

"I've been lucky enough to play the game I love since I was five years old," Calvert said in a statement. "I never played to make it to the NHL. I played to compete. I played for my teammates. I played for the fans. I played for my family. I played because I loved to battle, and I played to win. I dreamt of becoming an accountant when I was 18 years old and three years later, I was playing in the NHL."

A fifth-round pick by Columbus in the 2008 draft, the Manitoba native registered 203 points (95 goals, 108 assists) and 376 penalty minutes in his NHL career. He added seven goals and 10 assists in 32 playoff games.

"Thank you to all the special people I met along the way," Calvert said. "What an amazing journey. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have had this opportunity. I look forward to skating on the outdoor rinks with my boys in retirement. I love you all!"

--Field Level Media

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