Brian Gionta announces retirement after 16 NHL seasons

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Brian Gionta (Getty Images)

Brian Gionta is ready to move on to the next chapter.

The veteran winger announced his retirement Monday after playing 16 seasons in the NHL.

Gionta added that he will take on a “small part” in Sabres organization, though he didn’t mention the specifics of his position.

“I’m announcing my retirement today,” Gionta said. “Looking forward to spending more time with my family and also playing a small part with the organization. Looking forward to that next step of my career.”

The Associated Press first reported the news earlier Monday. The report noted that Gionta, who lives in Buffalo, had discussions with the Sabres about a part-time off-ice role with the team.

Gionta, 39, was selected by the Devils with the 82nd overall pick in the 1998 draft and began his career in New Jersey in 2001, helping the team win the Stanley Cup in 2003.

He went on to serve as captain of the Canadiens and Sabres before landing with the Bruins in February.

Gionta finishes his career with 291 goals and 595 points in 1,026 career games.