Toby Petersen announced his retirement during the Texas Stars Calder Cup celebration at the Cedar Park Center on Thursday Night. The veteran winger finishes playing 14 season in the NHL and AHL; half of which with the Stars organization.
Drafted 244th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the of the 1998 NHL draft, Petersen spent the first half of his career with the Penguins and the Edmonton Oilers. He has played with the Stars, either in the NHL or AHL, since he was signed by the team in 2007.
The 35 year old Minnesota native finishes his career with the Stars playing a total of 351 games with the organization - 243 in Dallas, 108 in Cedar Park. Petersen scored 19 goals and 23 assists in Dallas and 13 goals with 23 assists with Texas during his tenure with the organization.
Petersen's 2013-2014 campaign was cut short by injury. During the early part of 2014 he suffered a sports hernia that put him out 6 to 8 weeks, only appearing in 33 regular season games for the Stars. The injury bug struck again in the playoffs vs the Grand Rapids Griffins with a broken foot that left Petersen in crutches at the Calder Cup celebration.
He was noted for his off-ice work as well. A diagnosed type one diabetic, Petersen was nominated for AHL Man of the Year in 2003-2004 for his work with diabetes charities. During his time in Texas the work continued with both the Dallas and Texas Stars foundations with Petersen even serving on the Texas Stars foundation's board in 2013 and 2014.
As is common with most players that stay a long period of time with one organization, there are rumblings of Petersen possibly taking a front office or assistant coaching position within the Stars organization. Of course, with the announcement coming less than 24 hours ago as of this writing, those are just rumors as of now.