Former Calgary Flames forward Brandon Bollig announced his retirement on Twitter and Instagram today.
Thank you to the game of Ice Hockey for the wonderful experience, countless memories and valuable lessons. You’ve made me the person I am today and I’ll be forever grateful. I have… https://t.co/nv6diuj36n— Brandon Bollig (@Bollig87) January 17, 2019
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Bollig played college hockey before signing on with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009. Bollig played with the Rockford IceHogs and Blackhawks from 2009 to 2014 and was a part of their Stanley Cup team in 2013. He also lead the Blackhawks in games played in 2013-2014 playing in all 82 regular season games and 15 playoff games.
The Blackhawks traded Bollig to the Flames during the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for a third round pick. Bollig played two seasons with the Flames from 2014 through 2016 which would prove to be his last games at the NHL level. Bollig was assigned to the Stockton heat for the entirety of the 2016-2017 season and then left the organization 2017 when he signed with the San Jose Sharks. He played the entire season in the AHL, part of it with the San Jose Barracuda and part of it with the Milwaukee Admirals. He was without a contract for this season when he announced his retirement.
Bollig finishes his NHL career with 276 games played, 13 goals, 14 assists, 467 penalty minutes, and a plus/minus -31. He had three goals and six assists with the Flames over his two seasons of play. He now heads off to the next chapter of his career.
Good luck, Mr. Bollig!