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Former NHL star Mikael Renberg retires due to persistent groin injury @NHLdotcom

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Former NHL forward Mikael Renberg is retiring due to a chronic groin injury.

The 35-year-old Swede, who spent several seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, most recently played for Swedish team Skelleftea AIK. Renberg told local newspaper Pitea-Tidningen that his decision to end his career was final.

"I've had groin surgery three times and am not thinking about a fourth time at this age," Renberg said in Tuesday's editions.

Renberg joined Philadelphia in 1993 and played for the Flyers when they lost to Detroit in the 1997 Stanley Cup final. He also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Phoenix Coyotes.

In 2004, he returned to Sweden as a free agent.

In 661 career regular-season NHL games, Renberg had 190 goals and 274 assists for 464 points.

Renberg won gold with the Swedish national team at the 1998 world hockey championship.

Skelleftea sports director Lasse Johansson said the team had been aware of his problems "so we just have to accept his decision."

"Had he not had these injuries he probably would have had a few more years," Johansson said.

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