The NHL Network will air San Jose Sharks
defenseman Rob Blake
's news conference live Friday at 2 p.m. ET. It will also be streamed on NHL.com.
Media reports have indicated that Blake, 40, will retire. He hinted at retirement after the Sharks were swept in the Western Conference finals by the Chicago Blackhawks
last month, saying he had decided his future plans but wanted to wait a few weeks before announcing them.
Blake, 40, was one of the NHL's best defensemen over his career with Los Angeles, Colorado and San Jose, making seven All-Star teams and winning the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman while with Los Angeles in 1998.
He is 10th on the career list with 240 goals as a defenseman, went to the Stanley Cup Final in 1993 with Los Angeles, won the Cup in 2001 with Colorado, won a gold medal for Canada the following year and helped the Sharks post the best regular-season record in the Western Conference in each of his two seasons in San Jose.