Beloved NHL Tough Guy Calls it a Career

May 3, 2023  (3:34 PM)

The NHL's Tough Guy

When you think of the NHL's tough guys, names like Ryan Reaves and Milan Lucic probably spring to mind. But another player who deserves to be part of that conversation is Mark Borowiecki, who boasted an impressive near 2PIM/PG (penalties in minutes per game) pace throughout his career.

Borowiecki Calls It a Career at 33

At the age of 33, Borowiecki recently announced his retirement from professional hockey. He shared this news with his followers on Instagram:
"Well. I have something to share. After a lot of time, thought, love, and support, I have decided that my career as a professional hockey player has come to an end. I am so appreciative of everyone who has helped me along the way. Especially the @senators, where my career began, and the @predsnhl where my career ended.

My loving wife @tara.boro, my family, and my close friends have stood by my side through all of the ups and downs. I am so grateful and proud to have shared this life with them. Being able to look up into the stands and see my children watching me is something that I will never, ever forget. Having a wife who I could come home to, no matter how bad my day been, knowing that she would support and love me is something I am eternally grateful for. Without Tara I don't know if I would be here today.

There are far too many people who have influenced and guided me along my career to mention in a single post. So I'm not even going to attempt it. Just know that I appreciate each and every one of you. It's my job now to pay that all forward to the next generation of players. I am very excited for a new chapter in the hockey world, and I'm looking forward to finding an opportunity to help grow the game and help other players develop.

A friend of mine who played a long, long time in the NHL asked me when I was young player breaking into the league what I wanted my legacy to be. He told me that being remembered as a good person and good teammate would always be far more important than any on-ice accomplishments. I really hope that I have achieved that.

Thanks to everyone!

Borowiecki: A Legend On and Off the Ice

Mark Borowiecki has not only made his mark on the ice but off it as well. A significant part of his legacy is his philanthropic work, particularly in support of the LGBTQ+ community.
As Borowiecki embarks on the next chapter of his life, we'd like to wish him a fantastic retirement. You've earned it, Boro!