EAST AURORA, N.Y. - Former Sabres, Flyers, Rangers and Islanders netminder Marty Biron is settling into retirement as a broadcaster, but most importantly, a family man.
Biron announced his retirement from the NHL last month and since then has gone from "Marty the goalie" to just plain Dad.
Biron tells 2 On Your Side that he thought deciding to retire would be one of the most difficult decisions of his life. He says that it was actually a lot easier than he thought it would be. Biron says he has actually been mulling the idea over for about two years now.
Last season's lock-out gave Marty a new perspective, a glimpse into the life he was missing out on. "I got to be here, I got to be going to every football game on Saturdays with the kids. My son would play and my daughters would cheer. Cheerleading competitions, halloween, hockey started up, we have some great friends here in East Aurora, we would get together on Friday or Saturday nights, I'd go to Karaoke or what not. I'm not too shy, so I jumped in a little bit."
Biron continued to say that going back this season for training camp was tough. He says he went, but left a big part of him back here. Last month the Rangers placed him on waivers, but Biron says he had already reached the decision that it was time to focus on family and back away from the game.
"You realize that your priorities change from when you were 25 or even 30."
Now his priorities lie in East Aurora, helping out with his wife's Christmas and crafts store, carting the kids to and from school and activities, and keeping his hand in the game a little bit. Biron is making the transition to broadcasting, as an analyst for the Canadian sports network TSN as well as some of the Rangers broadcasts on MSG.