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Barret Jackman to retire from NHL on Tuesday

Defenseman played 14 seasons with Blues, Predators @NHL

Defenseman Barret Jackman will retire from the NHL after 14 seasons during a press conference at Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Tuesday.

St. Louis Blues chairman Tom Stillman, general manager Doug Armstrong, and former Blues defensemen Chris Pronger and Al MacInnis, are scheduled to attend. 

Jackman, 35, had 29 goals and 157 assists with a plus-54 rating and 1,102 penalty minutes in 876 regular-season games, and seven points in 53 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Blues and Nashville Predators. He played his first 13 NHL seasons with the Blues before appearing in 73 regular-season and 14 postseason games with the Predators last season.

"He meant a lot to me," Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said Monday. "I think when I finally get to that point and I look back on things, he's going to be someone who I'll remember as my greatest role model when I was here and someone who I still think about to this day when I'm carrying myself around town. 

"It's a 'what would Jax do' type of thing. Especially as a defenseman and being able to play with him and learning from him on the ice, but most importantly, on the ice kind of what he does philanthropically and how he is as a family man and all that stuff kind of makes '[Jackman] such a special person."

Jackman won the Calder Trophy in 2003 after scoring 19 points with a plus-23, 190 penalty minutes and 66 shots on goal in 82 games with St. Louis. He was selected by the Blues with the No. 17 pick in the 1999 NHL Draft.

"'[Jackman] is a good friend for a lot of us," defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. "He helped me a lot when I was coming up. Myself and a lot of us in here owe him a lot for what he did for us and a lot that he did for the organization. The good part about [Jackman] is that he's going to be here. He's saying goodbye to hockey, but he's just a 10-minute drive away so we're lucky to have that access to him.

"The biggest thing about [Jackman] is he's always enjoying himself. It's always, 'Have fun and enjoy it because time's going to fly.' I always took that and he's right. Here we are now. Eight years later and time does go fast. Now that he's done, he's looking back on how quickly it went. I think a lot of us are privileged to play with him and having him take us under his wing."

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