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Mark Streit Retires From NHL

The former Islanders captain announced his retirement from hockey on Monday

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Former Islanders captain Mark Streit announced his retirement from hockey on Monday. 

Streit, the 13th captain in Islanders history, was with the team from 2008-13 and served as captain from 2011-13, the first Swiss player to wear the C for the Isles.

An offensively-minded defenseman, Streit scored179 points (40G, 139A) in 286 games with the Islanders, the most points and games he'd amass with any of his four NHL teams (Isles, Montreal, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh) during his 12-year career. Streit won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins last season. 

Streit was a well-respected leader in the Islanders locker room and Head Coach Doug Weight - who was the Islanders captain prior to Streit - offered his thoughts on Streit's retirement. 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: "Mark's a special guy. His teammates always speak highly of him. He's a great talent." -Weight on Mark Streit's retirement. #IslesFamily pic.twitter.com/F6eJ86a2Es

Per NHL.com:

In 786 NHL games, Streit had 434 points (96 goals, 338 assists), and played in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game. He also played for his native Switzerland four times at the Olympics (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014).

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