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Veteran defenseman Sutton announces retirement

Wednesday, 05.22.2013 / 2:30 PM / News

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Veteran defenseman Sutton announces retirement
Veteran defenseman Andy Sutton announces retirement.

Veteran defenseman Andy Sutton announced his retirement Wednesday.

Sutton, who turned 38 in March, was a member of the Edmonton Oilers during the 2012-13 season but did not play due to injury. He played 52 games for the Oilers in 2011-12.

"My NHL career enabled me to not only play the game I love, but to also be a part of something that so many kids dream about growing up," Sutton said through a release by the NHL Players' Association. "Throughout my 15 years in the League, I have played for some exceptional hockey teams and have met quality people and friends along the way. None of what I accomplished on the ice would have been possible without the unwavering support of my family, friends, teammates and fans who made playing hockey even more enjoyable."

An undrafted free agent who broke into the League with the San Jose Sharks during the 1998-99 season, Sutton went on to play 676 games for the Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks and Oilers. He had 38 goals, 150 points and 1,185 penalty minutes, in addition to 1,164 blocked shots and 1,134 hits.

Two of Sutton's former teammates took to Twitter to wish him well:

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Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.

— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals