Now former Islander Travis Zajac has announced retirement this morning after signing a 1-day contract with the New Jersey Devils.
He was a 1st-round pick back in 2004 and was drafted by current Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello. Zajac remained with the Devils for the entirety of his career until he was dealt to the Islanders at the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline. He played 13 regular season games with the Islanders tallying 1 goal and 1 assist over that span and he played 14 playoff games for the Islanders. He recorded 1 goal and 1 assist during that run.
Travis was an incredible leader on and off the ice and for the short time that he played for our Islanders, we appreciate everything he brought to the team. He played 1,037 NHL games across 15 seasons of play and us Islanders fans are thankful that he was willing to join the Isles for the 2021 playoff run. His goal against the Bruins in Round 2 was an incredibly memorable moment that shook the Coliseum.
Zajac will remain with the Devils in an on/off-ice player development & consulting role, while also working to grow the club’s youth hockey initiatives. Congratulations on an incredible career, Travis!