Travis Zajac returned to his place.
The veteran officially withdrew from his favorite game on Monday morning, signed a one-day contract and retired as a member of the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils also announced that Zayak will join the organization in a player development and consulting role, and will be honored by the Devils in their hometown Winnipeg Jets match on March 10.
Zayak, selected by the Devils with the 20th overall pick in 2004, spent almost his entire 15-year NHL career in New Jersey. After joining the New York Islanders through a trade deadline in the past, he only wore another ball. The uniforms of the team played 13 games.
In 1037 NHL matches in his career, 1024 of which were in New Jersey, Zajak scored 203 goals and 349 assists with 552 points, and was twice ranked in the top ten in the Selk Prize voting. .
Zajac is now retired and his name is plastered all over the Devil’s record book. His 202 goals put him fourth in team history, while his 1,024 games ranked fourth, his 348 assists ranked fifth, and his 550 points ranked third.
Although never a prolific offensive weapon, Zayak still managed to make a high-level contribution on the ice side while recording a lot of playing time under high leverage and making himself the NHL of his era. One of the better defensive forwards. Zajac has also been a very clean player throughout his career. Although Lady Byng has never been captured, he has never played more than 33 minutes in a penalty shoot-out in a season.
Zajac is one of those players who don’t fit in any color, except for the color of his team for almost his entire career.
After retiring as the devil, Zayak can wear his iconic red and black again.