Pavel Datsyuk confirmed Saturday that he will leave the Red Wings after 14 seasons to return to his native Russia.

The 37-year-old center, who had a year left on his contract, spent his entire career with the Red Wings, and he helped Detroit win the Stanley Cup in 2002 as a rookie. He was one of the franchise's stars when it won another title in 2008.

He plans to reunite with his teenage daughter and continue his career in the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League.