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May 22, 2013 | 11:20am ET
Sutton announces retirement
TheFourthPeriod.com

Veteran defenseman Andy Sutton officially announced his retirement from the NHL today, following a 15-year career.

As a result of the physical game he played as a defenseman, he endured 12 surgeries for various injuries that caused him to miss a number of games in his career.

Sutton played in 676 NHL games for seven different NHL teams. He registered 1,134 hits, 1,164 blocked shots and 1,185 penalty minutes, while also scoring 38 goals and 112 assists for 150 points in his career.

"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," said Sutton. "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. None of what I accomplished on the ice would have been possible without the unwavering support of my family, friends, teammates and fans who made playing hockey even more enjoyable."

Sutton's career in the NHL began with the San Jose Sharks in 1998-99, before he went on to play with the Minnesota Wild, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks and finally the Edmonton Oilers where he finished his career.

He signed with the Sharks in 1998 and played in his first NHL game on Oct. 20, 1998.

Andy resides in California with his wife Natalie and daughter Kseniya. He is in the process of licensing the seven technology patents for bodily protection systems that he has been working on for the past few years.


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