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Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein retires from NHL

32-year-old had 154 points during 12 seasons with New York, Nashville @NHLdotcom

New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein announced his retirement from the NHL on Friday after 12 seasons in the League.

Klein, 32, spent the past four seasons with the Rangers. He was selected by the Nashville Predators in the second round (No. 37) of the 2003 NHL Draft and played with them from 2005-14 before he was traded to the Rangers.

He had one year remaining on a five-year contract with an average annual value of $2.9 million, according to

"I would like to thank both the Nashville Predators and New York Rangers organizations for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of playing in the NHL," Klein said. "Thank you to the fans of both cities for their appreciation. I couldn't have been happier to play in front of you. I will miss all the friends I've made along the way, from the staff to the guys I've played with."

Klein had 154 points (38 goals, 116 assists) in 627 regular-season games and 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) in 73 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"I'd like to thank my parents for everything they have done for me and for their constant love and support," Klein said. "Most importantly, my wife Jodi and our boys, Joseph and Oliver, who have sacrificed the most over the years. I am looking forward to many great years with my extended family."


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