NHL's New Jersey Devils defenceman Salvador retires

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Bryce Salvador (R) had 24 goals and 86 assists in 786 NHL games with the New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues (AFP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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Newark (United States) (AFP) - New Jersey Devils captain Bryce Salvador announced his retirement Wednesday after 13 National Hockey League seasons as a shut down defenceman.

"When I look back at my career and all the different things I had to overcome, I have no regrets. It was great," 39-year-old Salvador said.

Salvador, of Canada, missed the final 67 games of last season with a bulging disc and nerve damage in his lower back. He became an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Salvador was a sixth-round pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1994 NHL draft out of the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League.

He made his NHL debut with the St. Louis Blues in the 2000-01 season. He had 24 goals and 86 assists in 786 NHL games with the Devils and Blues.

Salvador came into the league with the reputation of being a rugged defenceman who could protect the star players on his team. He engaged in three fights in his first 15 NHL games.