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Hurricanes defenseman Wesley retires after 20 seasons

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley is retiring after 20 NHL seasons.

The Hurricanes said Thursday that Wesley would move into the front office as the team's director of development for defensemen. The team will retire his No. 2 jersey next season.

The 39-year-old veteran of 20 NHL seasons is the only player to have played each of the Hurricanes' 10 seasons since the team once known as the Hartford Whalers moved to North Carolina.

He ranks sixth in NHL history among defensemen with 1,457 games played. He is second to team executive Ron Francis with 903 games in 13 seasons with the franchise.

He will join Francis as the only players with a retired number.

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