By Brandon J. Koch
Former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Mike Weber is retiring from the game of hockey.
He was playing for Frölunda HC in the Swedish Hockey League, before a knee injury ended his career.
“I reminded my teammates that no matter how long you think your career will last it never lasts as long as you think.”
“I had a goal coming here to play at a high level, I feel I have achieved that. It’s tough knowing I have blocked my last shot, made my last hit and won my last battle”.
“When it affects your home life, and you look at your kids and your wife then you know its time… I wish I could play until I was 40 but now my path is taking another direction and I will chase the championship from, hopefully, behind the bench”
“I am going to need a new knee, there are a couple of experimental surgeries that they can try. But then you can’t walk for 8-12 months… Right now it is important to be a husband and father”
Weber played from 2007-2015 in Buffalo, 341 games with the Sabres totaling 9 goals, 44 assists and 409 penalty minutes.
Weber also was apart of “Tickets for troops,” when playing in Buffalo.