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The Sports Xchange, Published January 15 2014

Minnesota-born Langenbrunner announces retirement from NHL

Veteran forward Jamie Langenbrunner announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday at age 38.

Langenbrunner, of Cloquet, Minn., played in only four games last season and could not hook on with a team this year.

"It was a dream come true to have the opportunity to play in the NHL for 16 seasons," he said. "The friendships I developed with my teammates, and also the people in the communities where I played, will always be cherished by my family and I.

"I would like to thank Bob Gainey, Lou Lamoriello and Doug Armstrong for giving me the opportunity to play against the top players in hockey, in the best league in the world. I'd also like to thank my coaches and teammates for helping a kid from Minnesota enjoy a long, fulfilling hockey career.

"Finally, I'd like to thank my truly amazing family for all their sacrifices they made so I could live my dream."

Langenbrunner spent the final two seasons of his career with the St. Louis Blues. He also played for the New Jersey Devils and the Dallas Stars.

In 1,109 career games, Langenbrunner had 243 goals and 420 assists and added 34 goals and 53 assists in 146 postseason games. He was with the Stars in 1999 when they won the Stanley Cup.

In addition, Langenbrunner played on two U.S. Olympic teams and won a silver medal in 2010 in Vancouver.