Steve Staios, known for his gritty, stay-at-home defensive play during his 18-year NHL career, announced his retirement Wednesday.

He will join the Toronto Maple Leafs as a player development advisor. He will advise the team on its prospects and take on special assignments from the scouting department.

"The time is right for me and my family to step away from the game that I love to play and move on to a new chapter in my life," Staios, who turns 39 on Saturday, said in a statement. "I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with (Maple Leafs general manager) Brian Burke and Dave Nonis and learn from their experience and knowledge."