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Report: Veteran defenseman Numminen retires

Tuesday, 08.04.2009 / 10:53 AM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

NHL.com

According to reports in Finland, veteran Buffalo Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen is retiring after 20 NHL seasons.

The 41-year-old defenseman was selected with the 29th pick of the 1986 Entry Draft and went on to play 1,372 regular-season games with the Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Sabres. He scored 117 goals and 520 assists and scored an additional 9 goals and 14 assists in 82 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Last season Numminen skated in 57 games for the Sabres, after playing in only one game in 2007-08. A heart problem was discovered prior to the '07-08 season and Numminen missed the majority of the season after undergoing open-heart surgery.
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