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by Paul on 11/17/09 at 05:20 PM ET
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
Brendan Shanahan, who scored big on and off the ice during his 21 NHL seasons, Tuesday announced his retirement.
Shanahan leaves the game with 656 goals and 1,354 points in 1,524 games. He’s 11th all-time in goals and 23rd in points. He’s also the only player in NHL history with at least 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes.
He won three Stanley Cups, an Olympic gold medal and played in eight NHL All-Star Games, but Shanahan’s ultimate legacy will be how he helped lead the game coming out of the labor stoppage that forced the cancellation of the 2004-05 season.
added 3:28pm, This just added to the same story as above…
“I would like to thank my family and all of the friends who have helped me achieve and maintain my childhood dream of playing in the National Hockey League,” Shanahan said. “I am enormously grateful to all of my coaches and teammates I’ve had the privilege of learning from and playing along side of, throughout my career. While I always dreamed of playing in the NHL, I can’t honestly say that I would have ever imagined that I’d be this fortunate and blessed. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has helped me fulfill this dream.”
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