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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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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4