Next year will be the first year a Texas Stars team takes the ice without Travis Morin on the roster.
The veteran forward, who is the only player to take the ice in all 10 seasons the Stars have been in Cedar Park, announced his retirement from professional hockey on Wednesday after 12 seasons.
"Being able to play this game as a career has been a blessing," he said in a note posted to Twitter. "I came to Cedar Park 10 years ago without knowing much about the Austin area or whether I could make it in the AHL.
I couldn't have asked for a better place to call home."
Morin will be the first player to have his number retired when his No. 23 will be raised to the rafters at the HEB Center on Oct. 19 when the Stars host the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Nobody deserves it more than Morin.
He's the Stars' franchise leader with 560 points, 175 goals and 385 assists and 686 games played, which also ranks eighth in AHL history while playing for one team. He led the team in scoring in five of his 10 seasons and is the organization's post-season points leader with 64 points.
Morin helped Texas make it to two Calder Cup finals, lifting the championship in 2014 when he won the AHL MVP, was the league's scoring leader and was named the MVP of the playoffs.
"Being able to bring the Calder Cup to Cedar Park was one of the highlights of my career and one that I will remember forever," Morin said.
Originally from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Morin was a ninth round pick of the Washington Capitals in 2004 and spent some time with the Hershey Bears oft he AHL and the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.
He played in 13 NHL games and recorded just one point, an assist.
Morin is staying in Texas and will be joining the front office as both a skills development coach in hockey operations and in a business development and community outreach role.
"From day one, Travis helped forge a winning culture for our organization, bring a Calder Cup Championship, and two other final appearances to Central Texas," Texas Stars general manager Scott White said. "There is no doubt that he will be remembered as a cornerstone of this franchise and it has been a privilege to be part of his career."