Breaking: Veteran NHL goalie retires at just 31 years old

Who saw this coming!? Tough to get a contract these days…

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Former Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Ben Scrivens has officially retired from pro hockey and has accepted a position with the University of Denver.

The 31 year old Scrivens has played the past two seasons in the KHL with Minsk Dynamo and Ufa Salavat Yulayev. He was also a key part of Canada’s bronze medal winning Olympic squad during the 2018 Winter Olympics. A quality NHL backup for the majority of his pro career, Scrivens struggled when thrust in a starting role. Just ask Oilers fans…

Still, the affable netminder managed to keep himself in the NHL despite posting some truly horrific statistics year after year. During his lone season as a starter, 2014-15 with the Oilers, Scrivens posted a 3.16 GAA and .890 save percentage. Yikes.

The veteran hit his stride in the KHL, but it appears as though his new opportunity with the University of Denver was simply too good to keep up the pursuit of the NHL dream

For more on Scrivens and his new career, read the press release below courtesy of the University of Denver’s official website:   

The Denver Pioneers’ men’s hockey team has named Ben Scrivens team manager, Richard and Kitzia Goodman Head Coach David Carle announced on Thursday.
Scrivens, 31, is recently retired after having played eight (8) seasons, including part of five (5) in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens. During his tenure as an NHL goaltender, Scrivens logged a 47-64-17 record with a 2.92 goals against average (GAA) and .905 save percentage. The Spruce Grove, Alberta native also played in the ECHL, American Hockey League (AHL) and Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Internationally, he represented Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championship and the 2018 Winter Olympics where he helped his country to a bronze medal with a 1.61 GAA and .929 SV% in three (3) games.
“We are excited to add someone to our staff with the playing pedigree that Ben has,” Carle said. “While he pursues his masters at DU, he will be able to add a valuable perspective to our staff.”
Prior to starting his professional career, Scrivens played four (4) years at Cornell University where he averaged a 2.00 GAA and a .927 SV% in 117 games. Scrivens was named a second-team All-American in 2009 and a first-team All-American in 2010, the same year in which he was recognized as ECAC Goaltender of the Year and tabbed a Hobey Baker Award finalist.