Devan Dubnyk moves to broadcasting after NHL retirement


After last playing in the NHL in 2021, Devan Dubnyk retired and entered the world of hockey broadcasting.

Dubnyk, 36, last played in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche in 2021 after a turbulent run with the San Jose Sharks. Dubnyk played four games with the Charlotte Checkers last year in hopes of turning it into an Olympic opportunity with Canada that ultimately didn’t materialize. Dubnyk played 542 games in 12 seasons with Edmonton, Nashville, Arizona, Minnesota, San Jose and Colorado.

After emerging as a starter with the Oilers early in his career, it all came crashing down in 2013-14 when he finally found himself in the AHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

That all changed in 2014-15, when he turned a successful stint with Arizona into a better opportunity with Minnesota, where he won the Bill Masterton Trophy and finished as a Vezina Trophy runner-up. It was one of the most notable rebounding stories in quite some time, and it helped spark a six-year run as Minnestoa’s starting guard, playing 60-plus games on four occasions with a high in career of 40 wins in 2016-17.

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Now that this chapter is over, Dubnyk has launched his career on the other side of the camera.

In an interview with Dane Mizutani of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dubnyk reached out to his agent about the possibility of starting a televised gig on the NHL Network. A Zoom call later, and he was acting as an analyst for a playoff game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames.

Yesterday, Dubnyk made his regular season debut by analyzing the Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild game, showcasing a team he played his best hockey with in his career.

« It was fun to stay in the game, » Dubnyk told Mizutani. “There were nerves inside. Now I got the chance to do it more, I got to put my own personality into it. I really appreciate that.

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