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Defenseman Andy Sutton retires after 15 NHL seasons
Thu, 23 May 2013 16:46:05 +0000
Edmonton, AB, Canada (4E Sports) - After 15 seasons of grueling NHL action, veteran defenseman Andy Sutton announced that he will hang up his skates and call it a career.
The 38-year-old Sutton was a member of the Edmonton Oilers during the 2012-2013 season but did not play due to injury. Last season, he played 52 games for the Oilers.
"My NHL career enabled me to not only play the game I love, but to also be a part of something that so many kids dream about growing up," Sutton said in a statement released by the NHL Players' Association.
"Throughout my 15 years in the League, I have played for some exceptional hockey teams and have met quality people and friends along the way," added Sutton.
Sutton joined the San Jose Sharks during the 1998-99 season as an undrafted free agent. He went on to play 676 games for the Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks and Oilers.
In his career, he had 38 goals, 150 points and 1,185 penalty minutes, in addition to 1,164 blocked shots and 1,134 hits.
The 6-6, 245-pound Sutton made his mark as a tough and resilient defenseman who was always ready to sacrifice his body for the team.
"Having played with Andy, I can say that his leadership and character both on the ice and in the dressing room were extremely valuable to me as a young a player in the league," said Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.