Winnipeg Jets defenceman Grant Clitsome has announced his retirement.

Clitsome said in a statement posted Wednesday on the Jets' website that a back injury has forced him out of the game.

The 31-year-old Ottawa native last played in the 2014-15 season, appearing in 24 games before undergoing back surgery on Jan. 8, 2015.

He missed all but 32 games of the 2013-14 season with the same ailment.

Clitsome played seven seasons in the NHL for Columbus and Winnipeg, totalling 15 goals, 56 assists and 98 penalty minutes over 205 games.

"It's tough when something unexpected, and out of your control, suddenly ends your career," Clitsome said in the statement. "Despite the circumstances, I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfil my childhood dream and play in the NHL."