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by Paul on 09/30/09 at 09:36 AM ET
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Mats Sundin has ended the speculation and has officially announced his retirement.
The former Toronto Maple Leafs captain made the announcement around 6:40am eastern at a press conference in Sweden.
Sundin leaves the NHL having amassed 1,349 points, ranking him 25th on the all-time list.
added 8:49am, from Reuters,
“It’s a little sad to announce that my career as a professional hockey player is over,” he told reporters at a press conference in Stockholm.
“I would have loved to play until the age of 65, but as a hockey player you obviously retire a little earlier than that,” added the 38-year-old, who began his NHL career with the Quebec Nordiques in 1990 after being drafted in the first round in 1989.
added 9:55am, from Damian Cox of the Spin,
Five years from now, Sundin should be a first ballot Hall of Fame selection. But the Leafs shouldn’t wait that long to raise his No. 13 to the rafters of the Air Canada Centre. Next season, perhaps, would be perfect, just to make doubly sure he’s committed to retirement.
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