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by Paul on 09/08/11 at 07:55 AM ET
from Mike Davies of the Peterborough Examiner,
Cory Stillman is hanging up his skates after a 17-year NHL career in which he accomplished what few Peterborough kids ever have.
Stillman, 37, will officially announce his retirement at a press conference Thursday in Florida where the Panthers will introduce him as a member of their player development staff. He will work under director of player development Brian Skrudland monitoring and working with Panthers prospects from the junior ranks to the minor pros….
Stillman says he had offers to return to the NHL, including from Carolina, but he felt, for a variety of reasons, the timing was right to move onto the next stage of his life.
“I can walk away knowing I wasn’t pushed out the door,” Stillman said. “I could still play. When I got traded back to Carolina I was reunited with some guys and we had a good run at the end. In the end, I’m not old, but I’m getting a little older, I’ll be 38 in December, and I had a career I’m very happy with. Now it’s time to move on to be with my family.”
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