NHL Journeyman Calls it a Career at 36

Published October 10, 2023 at 11:47

As the new hockey season unfolds, excitement fills the air for both players and supporters. Yet, for a few players, this juncture can be reflective, bringing an era of uncertainty. This is true for Derek Joslin, a seasoned defenceman who, at 36, has decided to hang up his skates.

NHL: The Starting Point

San Jose Sharks brought Derek Joslin onboard during the 2005 NHL Draft's fifth round. Establishing himself as a reliable backup defender, he stepped into the NHL scene in the 2008-09 season, concluding his league presence in the 2012-13 season. One of Joslin's proudest moments was his stint with the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2011-12 season, where he marked his presence in 44 games – a personal best.

Embracing European Ice


Post his NHL chapter, from 2013-14, Europe beckoned Joslin. Here, he flourished in Austria's premier league, dedicating two seasons each to VSV EC and Salzburg EC, creating a niche for himself in European circuits.

Joslin, throughout his illustrious career, represented three teams in the NHL: the San Jose Sharks, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Vancouver Canucks. As he transitions into a life beyond professional hockey, we extend our best wishes for his new journey. Derek's unwavering commitment to hockey, both in the NHL and Europe, has etched a legacy that aficionados globally will cherish.

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