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Stempniak retires from NHL, played for 10 teams

Forward scored 203 goals in 14 seasons @NHLdotcom

Lee Stempniak announced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday after 14 seasons.

The forward, who was selected in the fifth round (No. 148) of the 2003 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues, had 469 points (203 goals, 266 assists) in 911 games. He also had six points (three goals, three assists) in 28 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Stempniak played for 10 NHL teams -- the Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes. He played two games with the Bruins last season.

"I am honored and privileged to have played in the NHL for [14] seasons and I am extremely grateful to have lived my dream every day throughout my career," Stempniak said. 

"After living in 10 cities, I am looking forward to spending time with my family, settling in Boston and being a father."

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The 36-year-old, who scored more than 20 goals twice, had an NHL career-high 28 goals in 2009-10 when he had 14 goals in 62 games with the Maple Leafs and 14 goals in 18 games with the Coyotes.

"Lee has been a consummate pro and role model on every team he has been a part of. That's why I traded for him in 2014 at the [NHL Trade] Deadline and signed him as a free agent for New Jersey in 2015," New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero said. 

"While Lee contributed at a high level on the ice to make his teams better, he and his wife Lindsay should also be commended for the long-lasting impact they will leave on the communities where they lived."

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