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Stajan retires from hockey, played 14 seasons in NHL

Center had 146 goals, 413 points in 1,003 games with Maple Leafs, Flames @NHLdotcom

Matt Stajan, who played 14 NHL seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames, retired from professional hockey Tuesday.

Stajan, a center who will turn 36 on Dec. 19, last played in the NHL with the Flames in 2017-18, when he had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 68 games. The native of Mississauga, Ontario, had 413 points (146 goals, 267 assists) in 1,003 NHL games, and four points (one goal, three assists) in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He played with Munich of the DEL, Germany's top pro league, last season.

The Maple Leafs selected Stajan in the second round (No. 57) of the 2002 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut for Toronto on April 5, 2003, when he scored a goal against the Ottawa Senators. Stajan became a reliable two-way center with the Maple Leafs and had a breakout season offensively with 55 points, including an NHL career-high 40 assists, in 2008-09.

Stajan had already matched his NHL single-season best of 16 goals when he was traded to the Flames along with Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers and Ian White for Dion Phaneuf, Frederik Sjostrom and Keith Aulie on Jan. 31, 2010. He finished the season with NHL career highs of 19 goals and 57 points.

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His best season with the Flames was 2014-15, when he had 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 63 games. His only playoff goal was a series-winner in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round against the Vancouver Canucks.

Stajan became the 317th skater in NHL history to play in 1,000 games March 21, 2018.

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