Simon Gagne announces retirement from NHL after 14-year playing career

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PHILADELPHIA — Forward Simon Gagne announced his retirement Tuesday, ending a 14-year NHL playing career.

Gagne had 291 goals and 310 assists in 822 career regular-season games for the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins.

His career was plagued by injuries but he was a complementary player on the Kings’ 2012 Stanley Cup team.

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The Ste. Foy, Que., native was the 22nd pick in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and broke into the league as a 19-year-old.

Gagne played one final season last year with the Bruins after getting a training-camp invite.

In a statement sent out by the Flyers, Gagne singled out trainers and teammates to say thanks.

“You inspired me to surpass myself,” Gagne said. “You made me understand that you need more than talent; it takes sacrifice and discipline and you need to work harder than your rivals. I also wish to thank my fans.

“Every evening, you energized me and inspired me to perform.”

The Canadian Press

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