Veteran NHL defenceman Jason Smith announces his retirement

Ottawa Senators defenceman Jason Smith is retiring after more than a thousand NHL games.

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin

OTTAWA — Ottawa Senators defenceman Jason Smith is retiring after more than a thousand NHL games.

The 35-year-old blue-liner made the announcement today in Ottawa.

In 1,008 career games with New Jersey, Toronto, Edmonton, Philadelphia and Ottawa, Smith recorded 41 goals and 128 assists with 1,099 penalty minutes. He also appear in 68 playoff games, recording 11 points.

The Calgary native captained the Oilers for five seasons and is a former Flyers captain.