Craig Conroy has bid farewell to playing hockey but not the Calgary Flames.
The veteran National Hockey League centreman officially retired Friday to accept a management position with the Flames. His new title will be special assistant to the acting general manager Jay Feaster.
It was only a week ago that the 39-year-old Conroy was placed on waivers and went unclaimed. He could have reported to the Flames' American Hockey League affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, but chose to take a few days off to contemplate his future.
Conroy played 1,009 games in his NHL career and scored 542 points. His best season came in 2001-2002 with the Flames when he scored 27 goals and added 48 assists.
"I've come to terms with it," Conroy said of his retirement. "I'm going to miss the guys and the locker room but I'm still going to be around."