Nashville Predator Mark Borowiecki Retires After 12-Year NHL Career

Mark Borowiecki. Photo: Courtesy of the Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators defenseman Mark Borowiecki took to Instagram yesterday (May 3) to announce his retirement from professional hockey.

Borowiecki was a fifth-round pick by his hometown Ottawa Senators in the 2008 NHL Draft and played 375 games with the team over nine years. Nashville signed the veteran blueliner to a two-year, four million dollar contract in October 2020 and re-signed him to a one-year deal for the 2022-2023 season. Over the course of his career, he recorded 848 penalty minutes in 458 regular-season games, leading the league in that category twice. He finishes his NHL career with 56 points (15 goals-41 assists).

“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 I began my career, and the Preds, where my career ended,” said Borowiecki in a statement he posted on social media.

Borowiecki’s physical play and reputation for dropping the gloves earned him the nickname “Borocop.” He also gained notoriety for attempting a citizens’ arrest in late 2019 while on the road in Vancouver, stopping a car break-in, making the moniker all the more appropriate.

Borowiecki is known just as much for his off-ice work as he is for his on-ice contributions. He is an outspoken advocate for mental health among hockey players, notably among concussion victims. He is also a champion of “Hockey is for Everyone,” the NHL’s initiative to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities within the sport of hockey.

Steven Boero