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Arnott announces retirement after 18 seasons

Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 2:35 PM / News

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Arnott announces retirement after 18 seasons
Jason Arnott on Tuesday announced his retirement from the NHL after 18 seasons

Jason Arnott, a Stanley Cup champion and veteran of 18 seasons in the NHL, announced his retirement Tuesday.

Arnott, 39, had 417 goals and 938 points in 1,244 games with the Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues. He last played in the NHL with the Blues in 2011-12.

He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round (No. 7) of the 1993 NHL Draft.

The highlight of his career came as a member of the Devils when he scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime of the clinching Game 6 in the 2000 Stanley Cup Final against the Stars.

"I would like to thank everyone who helped me throughout my NHL career, including my family, friends, teammates and fans," Arnott said in a statement released by the NHL Players' Association. "Playing in the NHL was my dream and I am very proud and appreciative of the fact I was able to play at the highest level for 19 years with the best players in the world. Each of the teams I played for provided me with great experiences and memories, and our Stanley Cup team in New Jersey certainly stands out among all of them."

As a rookie in 1993-94, Arnott had 33 goals and 68 points to earn NHL All-Rookie Team honors. Arnott reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time with the Oilers in 1996-97 when he had nine points in 12 games. After playing four-plus seasons in Edmonton he was traded to New Jersey on Jan. 4, 1998.

In New Jersey, Arnott helped the Devils reach the Stanley Cup Final twice, winning it in 2000. In those two postseasons Arnott had 16 goals and 35 points in 46 games.

A two-time NHL All-Star (1997, 2008), Arnott finished with 64 game-winning goals and played in 122 playoff games, with 32 goals and 73 points.

He helped Canada win a gold medal at the 1994 IIHF World Championship.

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