Jason Arnott announces retirement after 18 NHL seasons

Arnott last played with St. Louis in 2011-12. (Getty Images)
Arnott last played with St. Louis in 2011-12. (Getty Images)

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Longtime NHLer Jason Arnott officially hung up his skates on Tuesday, retiring from the NHL.

Arnott played 18 seasons in the NHL beginning 1993-94 with the Edmonton Oilers after they took him seventh overall in the 93 draft and finished in 2011-12 by playing 72 games with the St. Louis Blues. Though he hasn't played in more than a year, he hadn't officially retired until now.

"I would like to thank everyone who helped me throughout my NHL career, including my family, friends, teammates and fans," Arnott said in the NHLPA release. "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. 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."

His time in New Jersey stands out for good reason. In that run to the Cup for New Jersey in 1999-2000, Arnott had eight goals and 12 assists in 23 games. His most memorable goal was easily the winner in double overtime of Game 6 in the Stanley Cup Final to give the Devils the championship.

Arnott, one of the better power forwards in the game for many years, played for the Oilers, , Devils, Stars, Predators, Capitals and Blues throughout his career. In 1,244 games he compiled 417 goals and 521 assists.

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