Martin Biron might not be a known commodity to casual hockey fans, but those close to the game know how classy of an individual he is. Professional hockey is a tough business, and the demotion ax couldn’t have come down on a better person than Biron. There won’t be any parades in his honor. The New York Rangers won’t be holding a tear-jerking press conference. Instead, the journeyman goalie announced his retirement on Twitter.
After thinking about it it with my family, I’ve decided to retire as a player and move on to a new chapter. Thank you all for your support.
— Martin Biron (@martybiron43) October 20, 2013
A somewhat unfitting end to a lengthy professional career that spanned stints with four organizations and more than 500 games played.
The Buffalo Sabres drafted Biron 16th overall in 1995, and spent more than a decade in Buffalo’s system. He played in postseason games for the Philadelphia Flyers and was the backup in New York before promptly getting cut after back-to-back bad showing earlier in the season.
While his career didn’t end in a storybook fashion, Twitter erupted with support and congratulatory posts following Biron’s announcement.
@martybiron43 Good luck, Marty. It was a pleasure getting to know you.
— Paul Peck (@PeckOnSports) October 20, 2013
Paul Peck has been covering sports in Buffalo for more than 25 years.
A great career @martybiron43 Best of luck.
— Ryan Miller (@RyanMiller3039) October 20, 2013
Ryan Miller obviously had plenty of time to get to know Biron while they were in Buffalo together.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 20, 2013
Happy retirement to goalie and soon-to-be TV & radio star Martin Biron. If there were a Stanley Cup for class, his name would be on it.
— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) October 20, 2013
Adam Proteau seems to think he knows what the future holds for Biron.
The positive messages go on for hours, and it’s awesome to see a quality person like Biron receive so much support in light of a lousy situation.