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Veteran NHLer Arnott retires

Nov 5, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

Jason Arnott announced his retirement on Tuesday, via a release from the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped me throughout my NHL career, including my family, friends, teammates and fans. Playing in the NHL was my dream, and I am very proud and appreciative of the fact I was able to play at the highest level for 19 years, with the best players in the world,” said Arnott. “Each of the teams I played for provided me with great experiences and memories, and our Stanley Cup team in New Jersey certainly stands out among all of them.”

An 18-year veteran that scored over 400 career goals, Arnott played for the Oilers, Stars, Predators, Capitals and Blues during his time in the league — but, as he alluded to, Arnott’s finest moment came as a member of the Devils during the 2000 Cup Final:

The seventh overall pick at the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Arnott was named to the league’s All-Rookie team in ’94 and proceeded to play in a pair of All-Star Games (1997, 2008).

Last year, Arnott had a deal in place to join the New York Rangers, only to see it scuttled after he failed a team physical. After the nixed deal with the Rangers, reports surfaced that the Blues were interested in bringing Arnott back, but GM Doug Armstrong shot down the idea in mid-March.

  1. jdvalk - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Good career

  2. amityvillefun - Nov 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Best of luck in retirement, Mr. Arnott. That is a good run and to get a Cup along the way is something special.

  3. crazemastercraze - Nov 5, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    That OT goal to win the cup is one of my all time favorites, just awesome. Thank Jay!!!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      Only 16 guys ever ended the Stanley Cup playoffs by scoring a goal. Eight are in the Hall of Fame. Being in the company of Bobby Orr, Henri Richard, Elmer Lach, Toe Blake and Jacques Lemaire is pretty damn cool.

  4. bethgoesglobal - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    I remember when the Capitals got him at the trade deadline a few years back. I was so excited that the team was getting a great player and leader. I was sorry that he was only with the team till the end of that season. I think he was a great voice in that locker room where I think they needed (and still could use) a solid veteran player with real leadership skills. I wish this great man the best in his retirement.

  5. slysipops - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    great guy and player………………GOD bless and enjoy yourself !

  6. darksidecowboy - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Was a decent Star, my hats off to you sir

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