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Montreal's Brisebois to announce retirement

Thursday, 09.24.2009 / 10:12 AM / 2009 NHL Offseason News


After 18 NHL seasons, long-time Montreal Canadiens defenseman Patrice Brisebois on Thursday will announce his retirement from the NHL.

Brisebois played in his 1,000th game last season, and finishes his NHL career, which also included two seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, with 98 goals and 420 points in 1,009 games.

Brisebois' 896 games with the Canadiens is third all-time among the club's defensemen, and his 87 goals and 371 points are fifth.

As part of Thursday's ceremony, Brisebois will receive the Jean Beliveau Trophy from the Montreal Canadiens' Children Foundation.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round