NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador has retired after nearly 800 games in 14 NHL seasons.

The NHL Players Association announced Salvador's retirement on Wednesday.

Salvador was a captain for the Devils the past three seasons but missed most all but 15 games last season with a back injury.

He finishes his career with 24 goals and 86 assists in 786 games split between the Devils and the St. Louis Blues.

Salvador says he's looking forward to continuing his involvement in hockey. He says he's thankful that his two sons were able to see him play after he thought his career was over when he missed the 2010-2011 season because of injury.

Salvador was traded to the Devils during his seventh season with the Blues.