In other news…

Former Kings captain Mattias Norstrom announced his retirement today, at age 36. Norstrom told Swedish tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet, “Dallas wanted to keep me, but it is over now. I promised myself 10 years ago that I would quit while I still had a strong position in the team. And now it is over.”

I had been told, last week, that Norstrom might be set to sign a contract to play in Sweden, but today’s comments indicate that he’s done. The newspaper reported that Norstrom “intends to focus on his family and get an ordinary job.”

“The last game against Detroit was my final one,” Norstrom said. “I studied building techniques in high school, so carpentry is a possible alternative, but let’s see. I will think about it during the summer.”

Carpentry? Somehow, that seems to fit.

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  • carpentry? how about lumberjack!

    Thanks for all your time and memories here in LA mattie your missed.

  • David

    It’s a pity that Matty did not retire as a King.

  • Someone

    I had a feeling he would retire.

    I was pulling hard for Dallas in the playoffs for that reason. Matty deserved to at least play in a Stanley Cup finals game.

    If there is one player that the Kings sorely missed this year it is Matty.

    A class act and hard nose player. I wish him nothing but the best!

  • brianguy

    I was also pulling for Dallas, and it would have been nice to see him get that title. classy guy and great King. excellent career, especially for a guy with limited scoring ability

  • Bob Bobson

    I will always remember Matty as THE Kings defenseman during most of my fan-dom.

    All the best to him !

  • Cob

    Gotta love Matty..a carpenter? He’s a true pro. One of my favorite players by far. Really wish he can retire a King.

  • Big Rob in Dallas

    Here is some more facts about Norstrom’s retirement. It apparently has more to do with his children than anything else.